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In re Termination of Parent-Child Relationship of Q.L.

Court of Appeals of Indiana

February 28, 2014

IN THE MATTER OF THE TERMINATION OF THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP OF Q.L. and M.L., M.F., Jr., and N.L., Appellants-Respondents,
v.
INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES, Appellee-Petitioner

Editorial Note:

These opinions are not precedents and cannot be cited or relied upon unless used when establishing res judicata or collateral estoppel or in actions between the same party. Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure 65(D).

APPEAL fro THE ALLEN SUPERIOR COURT. The Honorable Thomas P. Boyer, Judge Pro Tempore, The Honorable Lori K. Morgan, Magistrate. Cause Nos. 02D08-1211-JT-131 and 02D08-1211-JT-132.

ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLANTS: DANIEL G. PAPPAS, Fort Wayne, Indiana; ROBERTA L. RENBARGER, Renbarger Law Office, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE: GREGORY F. ZOELLER, ROBERT J. HENKE, CHRISTINE REDELMAN, Office of the Attorney General, Indianapolis, Indiana.

NAJAM, Judge. BAKER, J., and CRONE, J., concur.

OPINION

MEMORANDUM DECISION - NOT FOR PUBLICATION

NAJAM, Judge.

STATEMENT OF THE CASE

N.L. (" Mother" ) appeals the trial court's termination of her parental rights with respect to her two minor children, Q.L. and M.L. (" the children" ). M.F. (" Father" ) appeals the trial court's termination of his parental rights with respect to Q.L., his minor son.[1] Mother and Father (collectively, " the Parents" ) raise five issues for our review, which we consolidate and restate as the following two issues:

1. Whether Father has demonstrated reversible error on his claim that the trial court abused its discretion when it permitted the Department of Child Services (" DCS" ) to amend its petition for the involuntary termination of Father's parental rights to conform with the evidence presented during the fact-finding hearing.
2. Whether the trial court clearly erred when it concluded that the continuation of Mother's parent-child relationships poses a threat to the children, that the continuation of Father's parent-child relationship poses a threat to Q.L., and that the termination of Father's parental rights over Q.L. is in Q.L.'s best interests.

We affirm.

FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY


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