Searching over 5,500,000 cases.


searching
Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.

In re J.N.T.

Court of Appeals of Texas, Fourth District, San Antonio

April 25, 2018

IN THE INTEREST OF J.N.T., a Child

          From the 288th Judicial District Court, Bexar County, Texas Trial Court No. 2016-PA-01311 Honorable H. Paul Canales, Judge Presiding

          Sitting: Marialyn Barnard, Justice Patricia O. Alvarez, Justice Irene Rios, Justice.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION

          IRENE RIOS, JUSTICE

         AFFIRMED

         Y.T. appeals the trial court's order terminating her parental rights to her daughter, J.N.T. The only predicate statutory ground the trial court found in support of termination was Y.T.'s failure to comply with the provisions of a court order specifically establishing the actions she needed to take to obtain the return of J.N.T. Y.T. contends the evidence is legally and factually insufficient to support the trial court's finding on the predicate statutory ground. We affirm the trial court's order.

         Background

         On June 16, 2016, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services filed a petition to terminate Y.T.'s parental rights to J.N.T. On the date the petition was filed, J.N.T. was twenty-two months old. A bench trial was held on November 14, 2017.

         A family service plan for Y.T. was filed of record on August 18, 2016; however, the plan was signed only by the Department's representatives. On August 23, 2016, a status hearing was held, and the trial court incorporated the service plan into its order, making the service plan an order of the court. Y.T. signed the service plan on October 28, 2016.[1]

         The service plan identified several "service plan goals" also called "changes needed to reduce risk, " including the willingness and ability to protect J.N.T. from harm, actively participating in therapy, demonstrating an ability to provide J.N.T. with basic necessities, and altering behaviors that expose J.N.T. to risk of harm. In addition, the service plan also identified specific "tasks and services" Y.T. was required to complete, including maintaining employment and providing the caseworker with monthly paycheck stubs and participating in individual counseling.

         In the trial court's December 13, 2016 permanency hearing order, the court found Y.T. "has not demonstrated adequate and appropriate compliance with the service plan, but she has begun to engage." In its March 21, 2017 permanency hearing order, the trial court found Y.T. "has not demonstrated adequate and appropriate compliance with the service plan." In its July 11, 2017 permanency hearing order, the trial court found Y.T. "has demonstrated partial compliance with the service plan." In its final permanency hearing order before final order dated October 24, 2017, the trial court found Y.T. "has not demonstrated adequate and appropriate compliance with the service plan."

         At trial, Y.T. testified she was employed as a housekeeper at a hotel, but admitted she had not provided her caseworker with her paystubs. Y.T. acknowledged she had only been employed in her current job for a week, but she testified she was employed at a different hotel before her current job.

         Around the date the underlying case was filed, Y.T. was dating Matthew E., a registered sex offender with whom she had another baby, S.E., approximately six months before trial. Y.T. admitted lying to her caseworker about her relationship with Matthew E. Y.T. testified she stopped dating Matthew E. in August of 2017, and subsequently dated Robert L., whose child had been removed from his care by the Department. Y.T. stated she dated Robert L. for only one month in October of 2017, and she no longer dated him.

         Y.T. admitted she had been involved in several verbal altercations at the homeless shelter where she was living. Y.T. further admitted the confrontations were jeopardizing her ability to stay at the shelter. Y.T. identified several tasks or services from her plan that she had completed; however, she admitted she did not complete her individual therapy.

         Y.T.'s first therapist testified Y.T.'s progress was uneven. One homework assignment Y.T. was asked to complete was to observe others' parenting skills to identify good parenting skills. Y.T. told the therapist she did not complete the assignment because she did not get involved in other people's business. Because Y.T. was ...


Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.