Searching over 5,500,000 cases.


searching
Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.

In re Anastasia E. Mc. (Anonymous)

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

February 15, 2017

In the Matter of Anastasia E. Mc. (Anonymous). Suffolk County Department of Social Services, respondent; Troy Mc. (Anonymous), Jr., appellant. Docket No. B-13329-14

          Heather A. Fig, Bayport, NY, for appellant.

          Dennis M. Brown, County Attorney, Central Islip, NY (Randall J. Ratje of counsel), for respondent.

          Lisa Siano, Merrick, NY, attorney for the child.

          REINALDO E. RIVERA, J.P., JEFFREY A. COHEN, ROBERT J. MILLER, VALERIE BRATHWAITE NELSON, JJ.

          DECISION & ORDER

         Appeals by the father from (1) an order of fact-finding of the Family Court, Suffolk County (Theresa Whelan, J.), dated September 25, 2015, and (2) an order of disposition of that court dated November 5, 2015. The order of fact-finding, after a hearing, found that the father permanently neglected the child. The order of disposition, after a dispositional hearing, and upon the father's default in appearing at the hearing, terminated the father's parental rights and transferred guardianship and custody of the child to the Suffolk County Department of Social Services for the purpose of adoption.

         ORDERED that the appeal from the order of fact-finding is dismissed, without costs or disbursements, as the order of fact-finding was superseded by the order of disposition and is brought up for review on the appeal from the order of disposition; and it is further, ORDERED that the appeal from so much of the order of disposition as terminated the father's parental rights and freed the child for adoption upon his default in appearing at the dispositional hearing is dismissed, without cost or disbursements; and it is further, ORDERED that the order of disposition is affirmed insofar as reviewed, without costs or disbursements.

         The father failed to appear at the dispositional hearing, and his attorney did not participate in his absence. Therefore, the dispositional portions of the order dated November 5, 2015, which terminated his parental rights and freed the child for adoption, were entered upon his default and are not appealable (see CPLR 5511; Matter of Amber Megan D., 54 A.D.3d 338, 338; Matter of Miguel M.-R.B., 36 A.D.3d 613, 613-614; Matter of Vanessa M., 263 A.D.2d 542, 543).

         Contrary to the father's contentions, the Family Court properly took judicial notice of the orders and proceedings under a prior neglect docket (see Matter of Anjoulic J., 18 A.D.3d 984, 986; Matter of Terrance L., 276 A.D.2d 699, 700; Matter of Claudina Paradise Damaris B., 227 A.D.2d 135).

         Contrary to the father's contentions, the Family Court's finding that he permanently neglected the child was supported by clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner made diligent efforts to strengthen the parental relationship (see Social Services Law § 384-b[7][a], [f]; Matter of Star Leslie W., 63 N.Y.2d 136, 142; Matter of Mahaadai D.H. [Rhonda L.H.], 110 A.D.3d 878, 880; Matter of Victoria C. [Cassandra C.], 106 A.D.3d 1084, 1084-1085). These efforts included facilitating visitation, referring the father to a parenting program, referring the father to a substance abuse treatment program, and providing the father with a schedule of the child's medical appointments (see Matter of Star Leslie W., 63 N.Y.2d at 142; Matter of Shamika K.L.N. [Melvin S.L.], 101 A.D.3d 729, 730; Matter of Elijah P. [C.I.P.], 76 A.D.3d 631, 632; Matter of Jada Ta-Toneiyia L., 66 A.D.3d 901, 902). His contention that the petitioner was required to do more is unavailing. The evidence demonstrated the father's lack of cooperation and initiative to address the underlying concerns which led to the child's placement with the petitioner (see Matter of Jamie M., 63 N.Y.2d 388, 393). The evidence at the hearing further demonstrated that, for a period of one year following the child's placement with the petitioner, the father failed to plan for the future of the child (see Social Services Law § 384-b[7][a]; Matter of Tatiana E. [Mariya S.], 121 A.D.3d 682, 683; Matter of Mahaadai D.H. [Rhonda L.H.], 110 A.D.3d at 880; Matter of Victoria C. [Cassandra C.], 106 A.D.3d at 1085; Matter of Jada Ta-Toneyia L., 66 A.D.3d at 902). Thus, the court properly found that the father permanently neglected the child.

         Contrary to the father's contention, he received the effective assistance of counsel (see People v Baldi, 54 N.Y.2d 137; Matter of Amber Megan D., 54 ...


Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.