The Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in E.S.V. v. People in Interest of C.E.M. on Monday, May 23, 2016.
Termination of Parental Rights.
In this case involving a termination of parental rights, a mother’s treatment plan included as one of its objectives that the mother would “demonstrate appropriate protective capacities to ensure her children’s safety.” To achieve this objective, the mother was required to report to her caseworker and the guardian ad litem any contact that she had with the children’s abusive father. The district court found that the mother did not report numerous contacts with the father and was unable or unwilling to internalize the safety concerns at which her treatment plan was directed, despite the efforts of many professionals and treatment providers to assist her. The court thus found that the mother’s treatment plan was unsuccessful and the court terminated the mother’s parental rights as to the children. A division of the Court of Appeals affirmed, and the Supreme Court affirmed the division’s judgment, concluding that the evidence amply supported the district court’s findings and conclusions.
Summary provided courtesy of The Colorado Lawyer.