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Termination of Parental Rights


Termination of Parental Rights


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WI Court of Appeals – District I

Case Name: State of Wisconsin v. S. N.

Case No.: 2023AP002366

Officials: White, C.J.

Focus: Termination of Parental Rights

Sally appeals from circuit court orders terminating her parental rights to her children, Amanda and Terry. The circuit court, after hearing testimony, found Sally unfit due to her ongoing issues and determined that termination was in the best interests of the children, noting their bond with the foster parents and the potential trauma of removing them from their foster home. The court also considered the likelihood of the children’s adoption, their health and needs, and the stability and permanence offered by adoption compared to their current situation.

Sally argues that the circuit court erroneously exercised its discretion when it determined that the termination of Sally’s parental rights was in the best interests of the children. Specifically, Sally argues that termination was not in the children’s best interests due to testimony indicating a substantial relationship between Sally and her children, a good relationship between the children and their great-grandfather, Marvin, and a lack of direct evidence of the children’s wishes.

Despite Sally’s claims, the appellate court found that the circuit court had properly exercised its discretion, weighing all required factors and concluding that terminating Sally’s parental rights would serve the children’s best interests. The court’s decision was supported by evidence of the children’s current well-being in foster care, Sally’s inconsistent visitation, and the lack of a substantial relationship with their biological family. The appellate court affirmed the termination orders, emphasizing the focus on the children’s best interests throughout the process.


Decided 02/27/24

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