IN RE ELAM/WARD MINORSAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of RHONDA KENESE ELAM,
CORTNEY TRACY WARD, TRAONNA DERIS
WARD, and KELSEY DENNIS WARD, Minors.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
November 6, 1998
Wayne Juvenile Court
LC No. 95-333182
TRACEY HENRY WARD,
ARTEASHIA LYNAE ELAM,
Before: Young, Jr., P.J., and Wahls and Jansen, JJ.
Respondent-appellant appeals as of right from a juvenile court order terminating his parental
rights to the minor children under MCL 712A.19b(3)(a)(ii), (c)(i), (g) and (j); MSA
27.3178(598.19b)(3)(a)(ii), (c)(i), (g) and (j). We affirm.
The juvenile court did not clearly err in finding that the statutory grounds for termination were
established by clear and convincing evidence. MCR 5.974(I); In re Miller, 433 Mich 331, 337; 445
NW2d 161 (1989). Further, respondent-appellant failed to show that termination of his parental rights
was clearly not in the children’s best interests. MCL 712A.19b(5); MSA 27.3178(598.19b)(5); In re
Hall-Smith, 222 Mich App 470, 472-473; 564 NW2d 156 (1997). Thus, the juvenile court did not
err in terminating respondent-appellant’s parental rights to the children. Id.
/s/ Robert P. Young, Jr.
/s/ Myron H. Wahls
/s/ Kathleen Jansen