Matter of Evelyn Rebecca W

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First DepartmentSep 23, 1997
242 A.D.2d 477 (N.Y. App. Div. 1997)
242 A.D.2d 477662 N.Y.S.2d 477

September 23, 1997

Appeal from Family Court, Bronx County (Richard Ross, J.).


While Family Court correctly found that respondent failed to apprise petitioner agency of her location for six months, and that the agency was therefore not required to show diligent efforts to strengthen the parental relationship (Social Services Law § 384-b [e] [i]), we note the strong evidence of efforts to assist respondent in drug rehabilitation and to encourage visitation contained in the record (see, Social Services Law § 384-b [f]; Matter of Michael M., 172 A.D.2d 152). Given the evidence of respondent's history of resistance to drug treatment and of the children's bonding with their respective foster mothers, termination of respondent's parental rights is clearly in the children's best interests ( see, Matter of Manuel Antonio M., 234 A.D.2d 87; Matter of Nancy Rose D., 235 A.D.2d 220).

Concur — Sullivan, J.P., Ellerin, Nardelli, Williams and Andrias, JJ.