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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Termination of Parental Rights – Unchallenged Basis – Best Interest (access required)

South Carolina Department of Social Services v. Evangelica H. The appellant-father appeals only two of the three bases found by the trial court for terminating his parental rights. The unchallenged ground – that the child was in foster care for 15 of the most recent 22 months – is sufficient to support the termination of appellant’s parental rights; moreover, it was supported by clear and convincing evidence since the child had been in foster care for 37 months by the time of the hearing.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Adoption — Termination of Parental Rights – Civil Practice – Jurisdiction – Georgia Custody Action – PKPA & UCCJEA (access required)

Anthony H. v. Matthew G. Where Georgia still has exclusive, continuing jurisdiction under the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (PKPA) and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), the family court lacked jurisdiction to hear this action to terminate the father’s parental rights so the child’s step-father could adopt her.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Custody – Termination of Parental Rights (access required)

South Carolina Department of Social Services v. Mother Even though the mother has limited financial means and her ex-husband - who continues to abuse drugs - lives nearby, since the mother has remedied the conditions that caused her twins to be removed from her custody, the family could should not have ordered the S.C. Department of Social Services to initiate proceedings to terminate the mother’s parental rights.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Termination of Parental Rights – Child Support – Best Interests (access required)

Rodney A. v. Keisha G. The respondent-father failed to pay child support even when he was employed in prison; moreover, he never asked his relatives to provide child support. The father never provided care for the child, the child wishes to move on, and she needs the kind of stable, loving environment provided by her foster parents. We affirm the family court’s order terminating the father’s parental rights.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Termination of Parental Rights – Support – Best Interests (access required)

South Carolina Department of Social Services v. M.R.C.L. Although the respondent-mother is of limited means and had transportation issues, she not only failed to provide material support to her child but she also failed to take advantage of the transportation and vocational rehabilitation offered to her. She thus manifested her indifference to her child and her intention to forgo parental responsibilities. The Court of Appeals erred when it reversed the termination of respondent’s parental rights.

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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Termination of Parental Rights – Support – Best Interests (access required)

South Carolina Department of Social Services v. M.R.C.L. Although the respondent-mother is of limited means and had transportation issues, she not only failed to provide material support to her child but she also failed to take advantage of the transportation and vocational rehabilitation offered to her. She thus manifested her indifference to her child and her intention to forgo parental responsibilities. The Court of Appeals erred when it reversed the termination of respondent’s parental rights.

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