June 1, 2007
NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES, PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
IN THE MATTER OF THE GUARDIANSHIP OF S.R., A MINOR.
On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division-Family Part, Morris County, Docket No. FG-14-25-05.
NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION
Submitted: May 23, 2007
Before Judges Cuff and Fuentes.
M.P., the mother of ten-and-one-half year old S.R., appeals from the March 6, 2006 order terminating her parental rights.*fn1 As explained in our October 6, 2005 opinion, S.R. has lived with her maternal grandmother or foster parents for all but a few months of her life.
In her appeal, M.P. argues that substantial, credible evidence does not support Judge Dangler's findings that termination will not do more harm than good. She also contends that the trial judge erred by ruling that the first three prongs of the statutory standard governing terminations of parental rights, N.J.S.A. 30:4C-15.1a, were satisfied in the prior kinship legal guardianship matter. Finally, M.P. insists that the credible evidence in the record does not establish that she is unable or unwilling to eliminate the harm facing her daughter, the second statutory prong.
We affirm the March 6, 2006 order terminating the parental rights of M.P. to her daughter S.R. substantially for the reasons expressed by Judge Dangler in his March 6, 2006 oral opinion, which, in turn, referred to and incorporated Judge Callahan's November 22, 2005 oral opinion.