Decided and Entered: July 24, 2003.
Appeals from two orders of the Family Court of Warren County (Breen, J.), entered December 24, 2002, which granted petitioner's applications, in two proceedings pursuant to Family Ct Act article 10, for temporary orders of protection.
Thomas Marcelle, Delmar, for appellants.
Karen Judd Matt, Warren County Department of Social Services, Lake George, for respondent.
Kara Dopman, Law Guardian, Glens Falls.
Before: Mercure, J.P., Carpinello, Mugglin, Rose and Kane, JJ.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Respondents, the parents of Collin (born in 1992), had been home schooling their son for at least three years. Petitioner commenced these separate proceedings against respondents under Family Ct Act article 10, alleging, in essence, educational neglect by reason of respondents' failure to file the necessary quarterly reports and the latest individualized home instruction plan. Following a hearing, Family Court issued temporary orders of protection which directed respondents to "[t]ake the necessary and proper steps to enroll and ensure Collin's attendance at a public, private or parochial school of their choice."
The sole issue raised on this appeal, as defined in their brief, is whether, before trial and without proof of actual neglect, the government can interfere with parents' constitutional rights to direct their child's education. This appeal is moot for two reasons. First, the temporary order expired by its own terms on May 8, 2003. Second, during the pendency of this appeal, the neglect proceeding came to trial, at which time respondents admitted their failure to provide Collin with an education in accordance with Education Law article 65, and an order was entered April 18, 2003 adjudging Collin a neglected child within the definition of Family Ct Act § 1012 (see Matter of Curtis N., 302 A.D.2d 803, 803; Matter of Senator NN., 305 A.D.2d 819, 820, 759 N.Y.S.2d 257, 258). We find that no exception to the mootness doctrine applies herein (see Matter of Hearst Corp. v. Clyne, 50 N.Y.2d 707, 714-715; see also Matter of Daily News v. Teresi, 275 A.D.2d 812, 814).
Mercure, J.P., Carpinello, Rose and Kane, JJ., concur.
ORDERED that the appeal is dismissed, as moot, without costs.