In Re: Courtney R.Annotate this Case
Authoring Judge: Judge W. Neal McBrayer
Trial Court Judge: Judge J. Russell Parkes
This case concerns the applicability of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children ( ICPC ). After the mother abandoned her child, the juvenile court found the child to be dependent and neglected and placed the child in state custody. The State sought provisional placement of the child with her father, who was unaware of the child s existence until the dependency and neglect proceedings. Because the father lived in another state, the State made a request under the ICPC to the father s state of residence for a home evaluation. The response to the request recommended against the placement. In light of the response, the juvenile court held a hearing on disposition in which it ordered the child to remain in State custody. After the father appealed, the circuit court awarded custody to the father and relieved the State of any further responsibility for the child. On appeal to this court, among other things, the mother argues that the ICPC precluded awarding custody to the father. Because we conclude the ICPC did not apply, we affirm the decision of the circuit court.