This is a different D.M. than I posted last week. There’s a clear affirmance of TPR coming here.
Court: Florida Third District Court of Appeal
Judges: Lagoa, Fernandez, Schwartz
Attorneys: Sandford Rockowitz for the Mother; Hillary Kambour for the GAL Program; Karla Perkins for DCF (joining GAL Program’s oral argument).
Issues: whether there was competent and substantial evidence to support TPR; whether the facts support a one-parent TPR.
Quote: “In these cases we’re not trying the DCF, much less the Guardian ad Litem. We’re trying the interests of the child.” – Judge Schwartz.
Outcome: Per curiam affirmed on February 8, 2012.