IN RE GRAY MINORAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of LAKETIA MAE GRAY, Minor.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
November 6, 1998
Wayne Juvenile Court
LC No. 84-250229
CHARLENE VERA-MAE GRAY,
Before: Young Jr., P.J., and Wahls and Jansen, JJ.
Respondent-appellant appeals as of right from a juvenile court order terminating her parental
rights to the minor child 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 statutory grounds for termination under §§
19b(3)(c)(i), (g) and (j) were established by clear and convincing evidence. MCR 5.974(I); In re
Miller, 433 Mich 331, 337; 445 NW2d 161 (1989); MCR 5.974(I). The evidence indicated that
respondent-appellant refused to comply with the terms of her treatment plan. Moreover, petitioner was
not required to make continuous efforts to locate respondent-appellant so that she could work on her
treatment plan. Rather, it was respondent-appellant’s obligation to maintain contact with her
caseworker, which she failed to do.
We agree that the evidence did not support a finding that termination was justified under §
19b(3)(a)(ii). However, it is unnecessary to disturb the juvenile court's decision to terminate parental
rights because only one statutory ground is required for termination and the juvenile court's decision is
supported by three other statutory grounds. In re McIntyre, 192 Mich App 47, 50; 480 NW2d 293
Finally, the juvenile court did not err in terminating respondent-appellant's parental rights based
upon the best interests of the child because respondent-appellant failed to come forward with evidence
that termination was clearly not in the child'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).
/s/ Robert P. Young, Jr.
/s/ Myron H. Wahls
/s/ Kathleen Jansen