IN RE GILLESPIE MINORSAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of CHRISTINA GILLESPIE and
RAYMOND GILLESPIE, Minors.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
November 10, 1998
Chippewa Juvenile Court
LC No. 97-011745 NA
Before: Saad, P.J., and Hood and Gribbs, JJ.
Respondent-appellant appeals as of right from the juvenile court order terminating her parental
rights to the minor children under MCL 712A.19b(3)(c)(i) and (g); MSA 27.3178(598.19b)(3)(c)(i)
and (g) (the conditions that led to the adjudication continue to exist; failure to provide proper care or
custody). 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). Petitioner demonstrated that respondent has a lengthy history of failing to properly
care for and supervisor her children, and of failing to internalize and apply skills taught in parenting
programs. Respondent’s progress in these programs has been marginal at best, and insufficient to meet
the children’s needs. Further, respondent-appellant failed to show
that termination of her 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/ Henry William Saad
/s/ Harold Hood
/s/ Roman S. Gribbs