IN RE FAULKNER & LUPU MINORSAnnotate this Case
STATE OF MICHIGAN
COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of TERA JO FAULKNER, RONALD
EMIL LUPU II, SAMANTHA LYNN LUPU, and
ELIZABETH DENISE LUPU, Minors.
FAMILY INDEPENDENCE AGENCY,
November 20, 1998
Oakland Juvenile Court
LC No. 94-057834 NA
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 712A.19b(3)(c)(i) and (g); MSA 27.3178(3)(c)(i) and (g). We
Respondent-appellant, who was arrested and jailed in 1997, argues that the Family
Independence Agency (FIA) failed to make reasonable efforts to help him conduct himself in a law
abiding fashion. Even assuming that the FIA was required to assist respondent-appellant in this fashion,
considering respondent-appellant’s failure to comply with much of the parent-agency agreement and his
failure to avail himself fully of the social services that the FIA provided to him, the record provides no
reasonable expectation that he would have benefited from such services.
We conclude that 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 Cornet, 422
Mich 274, 277; 373 NW2d 536 (1985). Further, respondent-appellant failed to demonstrate that
termination was clearly not in the children’s best interests.
MCL 712A.19b(5); MSA
27.3178(598.19b)(5); In re Hamlet (After Remand), 225 Mich App 505, 522; 571 NW2d 750
(1997). Thus, the juvenile court did not err in terminating respondent-appellant’s parental rights to the
/s/ Robert P. Young, Jr.
/s/ Myron H. Wahls
/s/ Kathleen Jansen