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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Adoption & Reunification – Concurrent Plans – Termination of Parental Rights

The trial court’s Jan. 12, 2017, order (1) changed the permanent plan for “Rebecca” to adoption with a concurrent plan of reunification, (2) required DSS to proceed with a termination of parental rights action, and (3) specifically required DSS to continue to provide reasonable efforts toward reunification of Rebecca with respondent. Thus, the order followed the new framework provided by G.S. § 7B-906.2, and, contrary to respondent’s argument, the order did not explicitly or implicitly eliminate reunification as a permanent plan and cease reunification efforts.

Because respondent’s argument lacks merit, we deny her petition for writ of certiorari and dismiss her appeal.

In the matter of R.S.B. (Lawyers Weekly No. 012-172-18, 14 pp.) (Robert Hunter, J.) Appealed from New Hanover County District Court (J.H. Corpening, J.) Jennifer Cooke for petitioner; Peter Wood for respondent; Kelsey Kingsbery and Caitlin Counts for guardian ad litem. N.C. App. Unpub.

 

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