Dept. of Human Services v. A. D. D. B.

Summarized by:

  • Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
  • Area(s) of Law: Family Law
  • Date Filed: 05-25-2016
  • Case #: A160459
  • Judge(s)/Court Below: Sercombe, P.J. for the Court; Tookey, J.; & DeHoog, J.

Under ORS 419B.337, for an order removing a child from the parents’ custody or continuing substitute care, a court must find that reasonable efforts were made to make it possible for the child to safely return home.

Mother appealed the juvenile court’s decisions to continue the placement of her two children in substitute care and continue its previous finding that the Department of Human Services (DHS) made reasonable efforts to reunify the family. Further, Mother argued that DHS did not consider implementing an in-home safety plan before placing children back in foster care; the failure to do so amounting to a lack of reasonable effort to reunify her family. The Court held that since the juvenile court addressed Mother’s argument and Mother did not cite any changed circumstances or new information in support of Mother’s request for reconsideration, the judgments were not appealable. Appeal dismissed.

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