Case Conclusion Date: 10.27.2009
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.