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In the Matter of the Guardianship of J.C., J.C., and J.M.C., Minors

129 N.J. 1, 608 A.2d 1312 (1992)

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In the Matter of the Guardianship of J.C., J.C., and J.M.C., Minors

New Jersey Supreme Court

129 N.J. 1, 608 A.2d 1312 (1992)

Facts

A.C. (defendant) placed her three children in foster care through the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) (plaintiff). The DYFS initially permitted A.C. to engage in unsupervised visits with her children, but these rights were restricted because of concerns that A.C. had serious issues with drug use and was being abused by her husband. A.C. entered rehabilitation for substance abuse. The DYFS transferred the case to the Adoption Resources Center, which terminated A.C.’s visitation rights. The DYFS filed a petition for the termination of A.C.’s parental rights, citing the potential for psychological harm to the children if their permanent adoption were delayed. A.C. consented to the adoption of one of her children but sought to retain parental rights over the other two. Testimony indicated that A.C. had overcome her drug problems and that she had a strong bond with the two children whose adoption she challenged, though the children also had positive relationships with their foster parents. The trial court terminated A.C.’s parental rights, and the appellate court affirmed. A.C. appealed. The New Jersey Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Handler, J.)

Concurrence (Clifford, J.)

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