In re Christopher B

Conn. App.

November 3, 2009

TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS/FAILURE TO REHABILITATE/REASONABLE EFFORTS

In this termination of parental rights appeal, the appellate court reiterated prior holdings that the trial court may consider evidence pre-dating the filing of a neglect petition if that evidence is relevant to an understand of the family dynamics and the respondent’s ability to safely parent a child. Here, the appellate court rejected the respondent mother’s claims that the trial court gave undue weight to information regarding DCF’s prior involvement with her other children in considering the adequacy of DCF’s efforts to reunify her with Christopher as well as whether the respondent had failed to rehabilitate as a parent. The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s findings that the Department made reasonable efforts to reunify her with her son and that she had failed to rehabilitate within the meaning of the statute.

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