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In re A.C.

Court of Appeals of Ohio, Fifth District, Licking

August 20, 2019

IN THE MATTER OF: A.C. AND E.C.

          CHARACTER OF PROCEEDING: Appeals from the Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, Case Nos. F2016-0094 and F2016-0095

         JUDGMENT: Affirmed

          For Appellants MARY LOU RANNEY TONIA R. WELKER SUSAN M. HARD

          For Appellee JAMES CHOI

          JUDGES: Hon. William B. Hoffman, P.J. Hon. Craig R. Baldwin, J. Hon. Earle E. Wise, Jr., J.

          OPINION

          WISE, EARLE, J.

         {¶ 1} Appellants, B.P. and A.P., paternal grandparents, appeal the November 21, 2018 judgment entries of the Court of Common Pleas of Licking County, Ohio, Juvenile Division, denying their motions for legal custody and terminating the parents' parental rights and granting permanent custody of the children to appellee, the Licking County Department of Job and Family Services.

         FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         {¶ 2} On February 11, 2016, appellee filed complaints for temporary legal custody of E.C. born in March 2011 (Case No. F2016-0094) and A.C. born in October 2015 (Case No. F2016-0095), claiming the parents were unable and/or unwilling to provide adequate parental care, supervision, and support to the children. Parents of the children are mother T.P. and father J.C. By orders filed same date, temporary custody of the children was granted to appellee.

         {¶ 3} An adjudicatory hearing was held on April 8, 2016. By judgment entries filed same date, the trial court found the children to be dependent and ordered temporary custody of the children to remain with appellee.

         {¶ 4} On January 11, 2017, appellee filed motions for permanent custody due to the parents being unable to make any significant progress on the case plans.

         {¶ 5} On February 8, 2017, the maternal grandparents of the children filed motions for legal custody.

         {¶ 6} On February 24, 2017, appellants, the paternal grandparents of the children, filed amended motions to intervene and motions for legal custody.

         {¶ 7} A hearing was held on July 12, 2017. The parties agreed to allow the parents more time to work on their case plans. As a result, by entries filed July 12, 2017, the trial court granted appellee an extension of temporary custody.

         {¶ 8} On October 30, 2017, appellee filed second motions for permanent custody due to the parents' ...


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