In re G.B., ___ N.C. ___ (April 16, 2021)

Held: 
Affirmed
  • Facts: In 2017, the juveniles were adjudicated neglected and one juvenile was also adjudicated abused. In 2019, DSS filed motions to terminate both parents’ rights. The court granted both motions, and the parents appealed. Mother challenges the best interests determination and the standard of review arguing it should be de novo.
  • “We again reaffirm our application of the abuse of discretion standard when reviewing the trial court’s determination of ‘whether terminating the parent’s rights is in the juvenile’s best interest’ under N.C.G.S. §7B-1111(a).’ ” Sl.Op. ¶30. This standard was recognized by this Court in In re Montgomery, 311 N.C. 101 (1984) and has not changed. There have been no amendments to the statutes, including a 2011 amendment to the Juvenile Code, that alters the holding. We have heard and rejected this argument.
Category:
Termination of Parental Rights
Stage:
Disposition
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