Termination of Parental Rights Reversed in Gallatin Adoption: In re Kaleb N.F.

Herston on Tennessee Family Law

Knoxville divorce attorneysFacts: When Child was 11 months old, the Department of Children’s Services (“DCS”) investigated a report of drug abuse by Mother and domestic violence in the home. When the investigation revealed the truth of the report, DCS advised Mother that Child would be removed from the home. Mother was advised that Child would go into State protective custody if she could not find a suitable person to care for Child.

Foster Mother, a single, 20-year-old neighbor with whom Mother was acquainted, happened to be nearby at the time. Mother asked her to take immediate custody of Child pending the DCS investigation, and she agreed. DCS accepted the verbal agreement between Mother and Foster Mother, so Foster Mother was permitted to take temporary custody of Child. Using DCS parlance, Child was “safety-placed” with Foster Mother.

DCS developed a Family Services Plan for Mother, setting out requirements she would need to…

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