Searching over 5,500,000 cases.


searching
Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.

[U] In re L. V. G.S.

Superior Court of Pennsylvania

February 12, 2014

IN RE: L. V. G.S., A/K/A L.G.-S, A MINOR
v.
IN RE: S.R.W., A MINOR APPEAL OF: S.R.G. APPEAL OF: S.R.G.

NON-PRECEDENTIAL DECISION

Appeal from the Order of July 8, 2013 In the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County Orphans' Court at No(s): TPR 118 OF 2012, TPR 119 OF 2012

BEFORE: PANELLA, OLSON and WECHT, JJ.

MEMORANDUM

OLSON, J.

S.R.G. ("Mother") appeals from two separate orders entered on July 8, 2013, granting petitions filed by the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families ("CYF") to involuntarily terminate her parental rights pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 2511(a)(2), (a)(5), (a)(8) and (b) to her two female children, L.V.G.S., a/k/a L.G.-S. (born in April 2010) and S.R.G. (born in August 2006) (collectively referred to as "Children"). We affirm.[1]

The factual and procedural history, as gleaned from the certified record and trial court opinions, [2] is as follows. On June 18, 2010, CYF received complaints that Mother was abusing drugs, neglecting Children, and dealing with domestic violence issues in the household. On February 8, 2011, CYF received reports of sexual maltreatment of the Children. It was alleged that Mother allowed a known sexual predator to watch the older child. CYF instituted a safety plan that Mother failed to follow. Subsequently, CYF received a report of physical abuse regarding the older child, wherein it was alleged that Children's maternal grandmother put a belt around the child's neck, threatened to kill her, and then left both Children unattended in a hospital waiting room. On February 24, 2011, CYF removed Children from Mother's home and placed in them in foster care.

In March 2011, CYF provided Mother with a family service plan (FSP). Mother admitted to mental health, drug, and alcohol issues. The FSP provided that Mother, inter alia, maintain contact with CYF and service providers, maintain healthy and safe living conditions, obtain drug and alcohol treatment, and undergo a mental health evaluation. Subsequently, CYF expanded the goals of the FSP to include parenting and domestic violence classes and for Mother to maintain a stable relationship with Children.

On September 4, 2012, CYF filed petitions for involuntary termination of Mother's parental rights to Children. The trial court held a hearing on May 24, 2013. On July 8, 2013, the trial court entered orders involuntarily terminating Mother's parental rights to Children. This timely appeal resulted.[3]

On appeal, Mother raises the following issues for our review:
1. Is the trial court's finding a grounds for involuntary termination of [Mother's] parental rights under 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 2511(a)(2), § 2511(a)(5) and § 2511(a)(8) proven by a showing of clear and convincing evidence?
2. Is the trial court's finding that termination of parental rights serves the developmental, physical and emotional needs and welfare of the Children [] proved by clear and convincing evidence as required by 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 2511(b)?

Mother's Brief at 8 (superfluous capitalization omitted). Our standard of review regarding the termination of parental rights is well-established:

In cases involving termination of parental rights, our scope of review is broad. All of the evidence, as well as the trial court's factual and legal determinations, are to be considered. However, our standard of review is limited to determining whether the order of the trial court is supported by competent evidence, and whether the trial court gave adequate consideration to the effect of such a decree on the welfare of the child. We have always been deferential to the trial court as the fact finder, as the determiner of the credibility of witnesses, and as the sole and final arbiter of all conflicts in the evidence. Moreover, this ...

Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.