In re Mia M.

Connecticut Appellate Court

March 15, 2011

TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS/FAILURE TO REHABILITATE

The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision to terminate the parental rights of the respondent mother. The court found the record contained ample evidence of the young mother’s continued struggle with serious mental illness, including paranoid schizophrenia. Specifically, the mother’s intermittent compliance with treatment and medication management supported the court’s finding that she could not meet the needs of her young child. The court also properly relied on the recommendations of the court appointed evaluator who had documented the mother’s significant mental health challenges and outlined specific goals that the mother would have had to reach in order to present capacity for reunification.

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