In re J.J.B., ___ N.C. ___ (July 17, 2020)

Held: 
Affirmed
  • The court made a reasonable inference from the testimony at hearing that the children were bonded to their foster parents.
  • Although the court found there was a strong bond between the children and their parents, that bond is just one factor to be considered under G.S. 7B-1110(a). The trial court may give greater weight to other factors. The findings and need for permanence within a reasonable amount of time for the juveniles supported the TPR over a guardianship since the child’s best interests are the paramount consideration for the court. See G.S. 7B-100(4), (5). Although the trial court stated that the foster parents should honor the relationship between the children and respondents, that statement was not part of the order, is not a repudiation of the best interests ruling it rendered and entered, and is not an abuse of discretion.
Category:
Termination of Parental Rights
Stage:
Disposition
Topic:
Best Interests Findings
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