In re D.S., ___ N.C. App. ___, 817 S.E.2d 901 (2018)

Held: 
Vacated and Remanded
  • Respondent father appeals a permanency planning order appointing guardianship to a non-relative without first finding that it properly considered and rejected the paternal grandmother (a relative) as a placement. During the appeal, the court entered a 2017 guardianship review order that ceased all contact between the child and grandmother. DSS and the child's GAL argue this review order moots respondent father's arguments.
  • A 2017 guardianship review order that ceased all contact between the child and grandmother does not moot this appeal. The trial court has not addressed the question of whether the relative should have been given priority placement as required by G.S. 7B-903(a1).
Category:
Abuse, Neglect, Dependency
Stage:
Appeal
Topic:
Moot
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