Court of Appeals of Texas, Seventh District, Amarillo
Appeal from the 325th District Court Tarrant County, Texas
Trial Court No. 325-577995-15, Honorable Judith G. Wells,
QUINN, C.J., and CAMPBELL and PIRTLE, JJ.
father of M.E.,  seeks reversal of the trial court's
order granting summary judgment in favor of appellee,
Children's Connections, Inc., in a bill of review
proceeding. We will affirm.
filed a bill of review challenging an order of the 325th
District Court of Tarrant County, terminating his parental
rights to M.E., a child born in August 2013. The termination
proceeding was brought by Children's Connections, Inc.,
an adoption agency, after M.E.'s mother placed the child
with the agency for adoption. The mother was the only
respondent named in the termination order. The order states
she waived issuance of citation in her affidavit of
relinquishment of parental rights,  and did not otherwise appear
in the termination proceeding.
order terminating parental rights was signed on December 11,
2014, after a final hearing held that date. The order recites
the mother's voluntary execution of an affidavit of
relinquishment of parental rights and her voluntary delivery
of the child into the adoption agency's possession,
expressing her intent not to return.
respect to M.E.'s father, the order states:
The Court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the
child who is the subject of this suit is not the legitimate
child of any man, has no presumed father and that a
father-child relationship does not exist. The Court further
finds by clear and convincing evidence that the biological
father has failed to establish any right or interest in or to
the child, and that the parent-child relationship between
such biological father and such child does not exist in law
or in fact, and it is accordingly so ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND
The Court finds by clear and convincing evidence that no man
has registered with the paternity registry within the time
prescribed by law under Chapter 160 of the Texas Family Code
as to the child the subject of this suit and all
prerequisites of law have been satisfied. The Court further
finds by clear and convincing evidence that the child was
conceived in the State of Texas.
The Court further finds by clear and convincing evidence that
termination of any legal rights or relationships that exist
or may exist between the child and the child's biological
father is in the best interest of the child.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that all legal
relationships and rights which exist or may exist between the
child and the child's biological father ARE FINALLY AND
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED by the Court that
the child's biological father is terminated, foreclosed,
and divested from ever establishing a parent-child
relationship with the subject child; the Court having found
that such order is in the best interest of the child.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the
parent-child relationship between the child and each living
biological parent of the child is terminated, the Court
having found that such ...