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Juvenile Law Appellate Court Opinion

by Booth, George


AC38947 - In re Adelina A. (Termination of parental rights; "The respondent mother, Kristina D., appeals from the judgment of the trial court terminating her parental rights with respect to her daughter, Adelina A., pursuant to General Statutes ยง 17a-112 (j). On appeal, the respondent claims that the trial court violated her substantive due process rights, as guaranteed by the fourteenth amendment to the United States constitution, by failing to (1) consider whether there was a less restrictive permanency plan available to "safeguard" her daughter than termination of her parental rights and (2) require the petitioner, the Commissioner of Children and Families, to "prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that there was no less restrictive" permanency plan than termination of parental rights. We determine that the record to support the respondent's constitutional claim is inadequate for review. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court.")