Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth District, Cuyahoga
IN RE: M.W., ET AL. Minor Children [Appeal By Mother]
Appeal from the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Juvenile Division Case Nos. AD 15902651 and AD 15902653
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLANT Mark Stanton Cuyahoga County Public
Defender, Erika B. Cunliffe Assistant Public Defender, Morgan
L. Pirc Assistant Public Defender
ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE, C.C.D.C.F.S. Michael C. O'Malley
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Anthony R. Beery Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney C.C.D.C.F.S.
D.D., Father Troy M. Hough
listed: Guardian ad litem for Children Richard D. Summers
McDonald Hopkins Co., L.P.A.
Guardian ad litem for Mother Susan K. Jankite
BEFORE: S. Gallagher, J., Stewart, P.J., and Celebrezze, J.
JOURNAL ENTRY AND OPINION
Appellant mother ("Mother") appeals from the orders
awarding permanent custody of her two children, M.W. and
D.D., to the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family
Services ("CCDCFS"). Upon review, we affirm.
On February 26, 2015, CCDCFS filed a complaint alleging M.W.
and D.D. to be neglected and dependent children. Along with
the complaint, CCDCFS filed a motion for predispositional
temporary custody, which was granted by the court magistrate.
The children were placed in the emergency custody of CCDCFS
on March 10, 2015.
A case plan was developed for Mother and the alleged father.
The alleged father did not engage in any services or visit
with the children during the pendency of the case. The case
plan for Mother included parenting classes, domestic violence
services, mental health services, and meeting the special
needs of the children. The permanency plan was reunification.
An adjudicatory hearing was held on June 23, 2015. The
parents stipulated to an amended complaint, and the
magistrate adjudicated the children as dependent. The
magistrate's decision was adopted by the trial court.
Among the allegations stipulated to in the amended complaint
were that M.W. was previously adjudicated neglected and
dependent because of concerns of domestic violence between
Mother and the children's alleged father, that there was
a need to ensure that the children receive services to
address their developmental delays, and that Mother requires
mental health treatment.
The children were committed to the temporary custody of
CCDCFS. On March 1, 2016, the trial court granted a motion
for first extension of temporary custody. On June 16, 2016,
CCDCFS filed a motion to modify temporary custody to
permanent custody. The CCDCFS social worker involved in the
case testified that there was still hope that "mom can
turn things around * * * and that ...