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STATE OF MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS __________________________________________ In the Matter of CHRISTINA GILLESPIE and RAYMOND GILLESPIE, Minors. FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY, UNPUBLISHED November 10, 1998 Petitioner-Appellee, v No. 211501 Chippewa Juvenile Court LC No. 97-011745 NA DEBRA GILLESPIE, Respondent-Appellant, and RAYMOND HENRY, Respondent. Before: Saad, P.J., and Hood and Gribbs, JJ. MEMORANDUM. 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 -1­ 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. Affirmed. /s/ Henry William Saad /s/ Harold Hood /s/ Roman S. Gribbs -2­