FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF
SUMMIT, OHIO CASE No. DN 17 02 0108
M. MEDVICK, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.
BEVAN WALSH, Prosecuting Attorney, and JACQUENETTE S. CORGAN,
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for Appellee.
KERNAN, Guardian ad Litem.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
A. SCHAFER JUDGE.
Appellant Mother appeals the judgment of the Summit County
Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division, that terminated her
parental rights and placed her child in the permanent custody
of Summit County Children Services Board ("CSB" or
"the agency"). This Court affirms.
Mother is the biological mother of Z.K. (d.o.b. 7/5/15). When
the child was a year and a half old, CSB filed a complaint
alleging that he was a dependent child based on Mother's
drug use and association with people harmful to the
well-being of the child. Based on the agreement of the
parties, Z.K. was adjudicated dependent and remained in
Mother's legal custody under the protective supervision
of CSB. Mother was ordered not to permit any contact between
the child and two of Mother's associates who were
determined to be inappropriate. The juvenile court adopted
the agency's case plan which included substance abuse,
mental health, parenting, and basic needs objectives. In
addition, alleged fathers were directed to submit to genetic
testing to determine the paternity of the child.
After several months, CSB moved to modify the child's
disposition to temporary custody to the agency based on
Mother's daily exposure of the child to her
substance-abusing boyfriend, one of the people ordered to
have no contact with the child. In late October 2017, the
juvenile court placed Z.K. in the temporary custody of CSB
and granted Mother supervised visitation with the child twice
a week. The child's paternity was established in March
2018, and the juvenile court granted a first six-month
extension of temporary custody based on the recent
identification of Father. The juvenile court extended
temporary custody for a second six-month period based on
Father's participation in case plan related services.
Twenty-three months after filing its complaint, CSB moved for
permanent custody. Mother filed a motion for legal custody.
Shortly before the final dispositional hearing, CSB filed a
notice indicating that Father had died as a result of a
After an evidentiary hearing, the juvenile court granted
CSB's motion for permanent custody and terminated
Mother's parental rights regarding Z.K. Mother filed a
timely notice of appeal. The juvenile court granted
Mother's motion to stay the judgment pending appeal.
Mother raises one assignment of error for consideration.
trial court's decision granting permanent custody of the
minor child to [CSB] was against the manifest weight of the
Mother argues that the juvenile court's award of
permanent custody of Z.K. to CSB was against the manifest