In re Z.A.M.Annotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court terminating Father and Mother's parental rights to their two children, holding that the trial court did not err in its decision.
The Department of Social Services filed a motion to terminate the parental rights of Father and Mother (together, Respondents) on grounds of neglect and willfully leaving the children in foster care for more than twelve months without making reasonable progress to correct the conditions that led to their removal. After a hearing, the trial court concluded that grounds existed to terminate Respondents' parental rights and that it was in the best interests of the children to terminate Respondents' parental rights. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the trial court's findings of fact were sufficient to support its conclusion that grounds existed to terminate Father's parental rights under N.C. Gen. Stat. 7B-1111(a)(1); and (2) the trial court did not abuse its discretion in determining that terminating Respondents' rights was in the children's best interests.