In re Thomasina

Robert J McCarthy Jr

Case Conclusion Date:October 27, 2009

Practice Area:Appeals

Outcome:Affirmed in part. Remanded for further orders

Description:Only if parental rights are terminated does a parent lose the right to seek review and redetermination. A parent's failure to participate in services offered or recommended by the department may properly be considered, along with other evidence such as lack of parenting skills, as probative of current parental unfitness. Citation to In re Thomasina: 915 N.E.2d 569, 75 Mass.App.Ct. 563 (2009). Worker collaboratively with Attorney Patrick Roache as an appellate mentor on this appeal.