IN THE INTEREST OF: T.A.C. APPEAL OF: L.C. N/K/A L.F., MOTHER; IN THE INTEREST OF: S.M.C. APPEAL OF: L.C. N/K/A L.F., MOTHER
Submitted January 5, 2015
Appeal from the Orders Entered August 18, 2014, of the Court of Common Pleas of Wayne County, Civil Division, No(s): 12-2013-AD and No(s): 11-2013-AD. Before HAMILL, J.
Pamela S. Wilson, Honesdale, for appellant.
Brendan R. Ellis, Honesdale, for T.A.C and S.M.C., for appellees.
James E. Brown, Honesdale, for M.F., participating party.
Christine A. Rechner, Honesdale, for Wayne County Children and Youth Services, participating party.
Leatrice A. Anderson, Hawley, Guardian Ad Litem, participating party.
BEFORE: BENDER, P.J.E., LAZARUS, and FITZGERALD[*], JJ.
L.C. (Mother), n/k/a L.F., appeals from the trial court's order involuntarily terminating her parental rights to her children, S.M.C. (born 05/2003) and T.A.C. (born 10/2006). After careful review, we affirm.
In 2010, after Mother and Father separated, Father was awarded primary physical custody of Children as Mother's mental health issues rendered her incapable of providing care to Children. At that time, Mother was residing in Clewiston, Florida, with Children's maternal grandmother. In June 2011, Father allegedly kicked T.A.C. in the stomach; Father pled guilty to recklessly endangering another person and recklessly endangering the welfare of children and was incarcerated. The parties subsequently entered into an informal agreement where Children remained in Father's home with his paramour, Roxanne Howland, during his period of incarceration. However, in November 2011, after Howland was incarcerated for drug-related offenses, the Children were placed into the protective custody of Wayne County Children and Youth Services (CYS) and were subsequently adjudicated dependent. Children have resided in the same pre-adoptive foster home since early 2012.
CYS drafted and implemented a permanency plan for Mother identifying Mother's mental health and need for stability as the major areas of concern. CYS emphasized that Mother was to continue treatment with a psychiatrist and counselor, live a more independent life and be able to make good decisions in the best interests of the Children. Despite these goals, Mother repeatedly denied the fact that she had mental health issues and only after she was ordered by the court did she ...