In re K.M., ___ N.C. App. ___ (June 1, 2021)

Affirmed in Part
Vacated and Remanded in Part
  • Facts: In permanency planning order, court made findings that unsupervised visitation or supervised visits between mother and child that were supervised by someone who was not training in supervision techniques was contrary to the child’s best interests and inconsistent with the child’s health and safety. The court ordered supervised visits at a supervised visitation center but suspended those visits temporarily when the center was closed because of COVID-19. Mother appealed.
  • G.S. 7B-905.1(a) authorizes the court to suspend visits when certain conditions exist. The trial court placed a reasonable limitation on the suspension of in-person visits, which was limited to the specified facility reopening or another adequate supervised visitation center becoming available.
  • For a full discussion of this case, see On the Civil Side blog post here.
Abuse, Neglect, Dependency
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