IN RE HEATHER RAY SMITH MINORAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of HEATHER RAY SMITH and
ASHLEY CERASCO SMITH, Minors.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
November 20, 1998
Macomb Juvenile Court
LC No. 96-042613
SUSAN BALDRIDGE and MICHAEL LYNSCOTT,
Before: Young, Jr., P.J., and Wahls and Jansen, JJ.
Respondent-appellant appeals as of right from the juvenile court order terminating his 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). 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; In re Miller, 433 Mich 331, 337; 445
NW2d 161 (1989). Moreover, 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). Finally, contrary to
respondent-appellant’s claim, petitioner made reasonable efforts to reunite the family. MCL 712A.1;
MSA 27.3178(598.1); MCL 712A.19a(4); MSA 27.3178(598.19a)(4). See also In re Springer,
172 Mich App 466, 474-475; 432 NW2d 342 (1988) and Tallman v Milton, 192 Mich App 606,
614-615; 482 NW2d 187 (1992). 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