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Juvenile Law Appellate Court Slip Opinion

by Greenlee, Rebecca


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.")