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Juvenile Law Appellate Court Slip Opinion

by Roy, Christopher


AC45686 - In re Nevaeh G.-M. ("The respondent Kimberly G. appeals from the judgments of the trial court, rendered in favor of the petitioner, the Commissioner of Children and Families, adjudicating the respondent's three children—Nevaeh G.-M., Melinda G.-M., and Jackson A.-R.—neglected and uncared for and terminating her parental rights as to all three children. On appeal, the respondent claims that (1) there was insufficient evidence to support the court's determination that the petitioner had proven by clear and convincing evidence that the respondent had failed to rehabilitate in accordance with General Statutes § 17a-112 (j) (3) (B) (i), and (2) the court improperly (a) failed to order a court-appointed psychological evaluator to disclose to the respondent certain testing materials on which the evaluator had based her opinion, (b) refused the respondent's request for a Porter hearing regarding the evaluator's testing methods, and (c) admitted the evaluator's written report over a hearsay objection. We conclude that the evidence was sufficient to support the court's judgments terminating the parental rights of the respondent on the statutory ground of failure to rehabilitate and that the claimed evidentiary errors, even if established, were harmless. Accordingly, we affirm the judgments of the court.")