In re N.K., ___ N.C. App. ___ (Oct. 20, 2020)

Held: 
Affirmed
Vacated and Remanded in Part
  • Relative Placement: G.S. 7B-903(a1) consists of two steps: (1) whether there is a relative who is willing and able to provide proper care and supervision in a safe home and (2) placement of the juvenile in that home absent findings that the placement is contrary to the child’s best interests. If the court finds there was not an available relative who could provide proper care and supervision in a safe home, the court is not required to consider whether placement with a relative is in the child’s best interests. Here, the court determined there was not an available relative who met the first step as neither of the two relatives suggested by father were appropriate, based on the DSS report that was admitted as evidence, the findings in the nonsecure custody order, and the father not presenting any evidence to the contrary.
Category:
Abuse, Neglect, Dependency
Stage:
Disposition (All Stages Post-Adjudication)
Topic:
Relative Placement
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