In re J.B., 379 N.C. 233 (2021)

  • Facts: Mother filed TPR petition against father. Father was incarcerated in Georgia after entering an Alford plea. The facts involved father molesting a child who was visiting his home, where he lived with mother and their child. The conditions of his criminal judgment included his not having contact with his child until the child turned 18. The TPR was granted, and father appeals challenging the grounds and best interests determination.
  • A TPR may be granted without a finding of a likelihood of adoption. In this case, it is irrelevant that there is a lack of a potential adoptive second parent for the juvenile. The court considered the relevant factors and did not abuse its discretion in determining TPR was in the child’s best interests.
Termination of Parental Rights
Best Interests Findings
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