No. 187 Harrisburg 1983, Appeal from the Order entered April 27, 1983, Court of Common Pleas, Cumberland County, Orphans' Court Division at Nos. 13 & 23 Adoptions 1982.
Ruth Duncan O'Brien, Carlisle, for appellant.
Barbara J. Seras, Carlisle, for appellees.
Ruby D. Weeks, Carlisle, for participating party.
McEwen, Johnson and Popovich, JJ.
[ 325 Pa. Super. Page 20]
Appellant V.W., the mother of three minor children, appeals from the order of April 27, 1983 involuntarily terminating her parental rights to these children. We affirm.
On March 25, 1982 Cumberland County Children and Youth Services (CYS) filed petitions to involuntarily terminate appellant's parental rights in her two oldest children, Sabrina and Joshua. A subsequent termination petition was filed regarding the youngest child, Jacob, on May 12, 1982.*fn1 Following consolidation and the initial day of hearings, appellant signed a voluntary relinquishment of parental rights and a colloquy was held. A few days later, appellant attempted to withdraw her voluntary relinquishment and the involuntary termination hearing was completed and followed by the order terminating her parental rights.*fn2
[ 325 Pa. Super. Page 21]
Appellant is the mother of the three children: Sabrina, born 2/13/78, Joshua born 6/2/79 and Jacob born 4/8/81.*fn3 Sabrina and Joshua were voluntarily placed in foster care by appellant and adjudicated dependent in April of 1978 and June of 1979, respectively. Jacob was placed in foster care and adjudicated dependent upon appellant's incarceration in June of 1981. All three children have remained in foster care since their initial placement.
Appellant, born June 25, 1958, is of limited intelligence, with a reading and writing level of second grade. She attended special education classes until the twelfth grade. Following the birth of Sabrina, appellant resided with her maternal grandmother, who took primary responsibility for Sabrina's care. Upon the grandmother's involuntary psychiatric commitment in April of 1978, appellant requested Sabrina be placed in foster care by CYS. Appellant stated at that time that she was not capable of caring for Sabrina by herself.
Joshua was voluntarily placed in foster care directly after his release from the hospital following birth because of appellant's lack of essential items necessary for his care. Appellant maintained visitation with both Sabrina and Joshua until her incarceration in June of 1981. She also entered into casework service plans with CYS to gain those parenting skills necessary for obtaining custody of the children. Three goals were established: (1) obtaining suitable housing, (2) obtaining employment, and (3) attendance at parenting classes.
Jacob was subsequently born in April of 1981 with congenital syphilis, a seizure disorder and irregular EEG. He requires regular administration of medication to control the seizures and careful monitoring of his physical development to ensure proper growth. Appellant cared for Jacob by herself until her incarceration in June of 1981.
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In order to assist appellant to reach her goal of obtaining custody of the children, various services were provided, prior to her June 1981 incarceration, including homemakers services, enrollment in a local infant development program, visiting nurse care, employment counseling and mental health counseling. Appellant has ...