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Due to the county attorney's allegations that Mother neglected Child, the juvenile court temporarily placed Child with Grandmother. Father agreed that Child should remain in the custody of the Department of Family Services (DFS) for placement with Grandmother under a consent decree, which provided that if Mother complied with certain requirements, the neglect action would be dismissed. While the consent decree was pending, Father asserted that he should have custody of Child. The juvenile court entered a permanency order continuing Child in DFS custody. Father appealed. The county attorney subsequently moved to dismiss the case and terminate DFS custody of Child on the grounds that Mother had completed her case plan and complied with the consent decree. The juvenile court dismissed the case. Father also appealed this order. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the juvenile court did not err when it dismissed the case without a hearing and without making findings; and (2) the other issues raised by Father are moot, and no exception to the mootness doctrine applies.