In re Anthony B.Annotate this Case
Anthony B. (Father) appealed a juvenile court order terminating his parental rights to minor, Anthony B. (Anthony), and choosing adoption as the appropriate permanent plan. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency filed a petition on Anthony's behalf, believing neither Anthony's mother nor father could safely care for him. The Agency cited the mother's mental illness, the father's failure to protect, the lack of a suitable living condition, and the parents' previous separate failures to reunify with siblings due to domestic violence and substance abuse to justify the removal. Anthony was removed from Father and his mother and placed in a foster home. Reunification services were ordered for Father but bypassed for the mother. The Agency requested the court terminate Father's reunification services at the 18-month permanency review hearing because Father failed to maintain sobriety and did not have a safe and stable environment for Anthony to live in. The court terminated Father's parental rights at the section 366.26 hearing, finding Anthony adoptable, and that no exception to adoption existed. Father alleges the court erred in finding the parent-child beneficial relationship exception inapplicable. He argued he met both prongs required by the exception and sought a reversal of the termination order. Finding no abuse of discretion, the Court of Appeal affirmed.