In a published opinion this morning, the Appellate Division affirmed the termination of parental rights by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (Division).
The Court went beyond the usual discussion of applicable case law. While they affirmed the Division's decision, the Court stated "The circumstances of this case, however, compel us to discuss the Division's obligation to provide services, specifically mental health evaluations and treatment to minors under its care, and whether the failure to provide such services can be considered in evaluating reasonable efforts if the minor later becomes a defendant in a guardianship proceeding."
This case can be a valuable guide for family law practitioners and judges alike. A copy of the today's opinion can be found here: