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Juvenile Law Appellate Court Slip Opinion

   by Greenlee, Rebecca

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AC 47052 - In re A. H. et al. ("The respondent father, Terrel H., appeals from the judgments of the trial court, rendered in favor of the petitioner, the Commissioner of Children and Families (commissioner), terminating his parental rights with respect to his minor children, A. H. (A) and K. H. (K). On appeal, the respondent claims that (1) the court’s reliance on social studies prepared by the Department of Children and Families (department) in the adjudicatory phase of the trial violated General Statutes § 45a-717 and Practice Book § 35a-9, despite this court’s holding in In re Tabitha P., 39 Conn. App. 353, 664 A.2d 1168 (1995), (2) the court’s use of the social studies in the adjudicatory phase violated his due process rights, and (3) the court improperly admitted hearsay evidence contained in exhibits submitted by the commissioner, and the admission of that evidence was harmful to the respondent. We disagree with the respondent’s claims and, accordingly, affirm the judgments of the court.")


Juvenile Law Appellate Court Slip Opinion

   by Greenlee, Rebecca

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=5861

AC 46612 - In re Denzel W. et al. ("The respondent mother, Stephanie B., appeals from the judgments of the trial court, rendered in favor of the petitioner, the Commissioner of Children and Families, terminating her parental rights with respect to her minor children, Denzel W. and Ariel W. On appeal, the respondent claims that the court improperly (1) shifted the burden of proof on the issue of personal rehabilitation to her and (2) determined that she failed to achieve such degree of personal rehabilitation as would encourage the belief that, within a reasonable period of time and considering the ages and needs of the children, she could assume a responsible position in the children’s lives. See General Statutes § 17a-112 (j) (3) (B). We affirm the judgments of the trial court.")


Juvenile Law Appellate Court Slip Opinion

   by Greenlee, Rebecca

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=5856

AC 46641 - In re Wendy G.-R. ("The respondent mother, Mirian R., appeals from the judgment of the trial court terminating her parental rights as to her biological daughter, Wendy G.-R., pursuant to General Statutes § 17a-112 (j) (3) (B) (i). The respondent claims that (1) she was denied her due process right to the effective assistance of counsel, (2) the court improperly determined that the Department of Children and Families (department) made reasonable efforts to reunify her with Wendy, and (3) the court improperly determined that she was unable or unwilling to benefit from reunification services. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.")


Juvenile Law Appellate Court Slip Opinion

   by Greenlee, Rebecca

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=5838

AC 46639 - In re Zayden J. ("The respondent mother, Tabitha M., appeals from the judgment of the trial court rendered in favor of the petitioner, the Commissioner of Children and Families, terminating her parental rights as to her biological son, Zayden J. (Zayden). On appeal, the respondent claims that the court erred in (1) determining that reasonable efforts were made to reunify her with Zayden, (2) concluding that it was in the best interest of Zayden to terminate her parental rights, and (3) denying her motion for a continuance. We conclude that the appeal is moot as to the first claim and dismiss that portion of the appeal. With respect to the remaining claims in the appeal, we affirm the judgment of the court.")


Juvenile Law Appellate Court Slip Opinion

   by Greenlee, Rebecca

 https://jud.ct.gov/lawlib/LawLibNews/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=5804

AC 46679 - In re Josyah L.-T. ("The respondent, Celina T., appeals from the judgment of the trial court terminating her parental rights with respect to her minor child, Josyah L.-T. (Josyah). The respondent, who is self-represented in this appeal, asserts that this court should recognize her right to be the legal guardian of Josyah because she would be a better caregiver to him than the petitioner, the Commissioner of Children and Families. Because the respondent has failed to identify any cognizable claim of error in relation to the court’s decision terminating her parental rights as to Josyah, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.")