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State ex rel. R.V.

Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Third Circuit

May 27, 2015

STATE OF LOUISIANA IN THE INTEREST OF R.V., N.V., R.L., AND N.V

APPEAL FROM THE SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT, PARISH OF ST. MARTIN, NO. 13-17457. HONORABLE CHARLES L. PORTER, DISTRICT JUDGE.

S. Marie Johnson, Public Defender's Office, St. Martinville, Louisiana, Counsel for Appellant: K.V. (mother).

Charlotte Grandpre Bordenave, Mental Health Advocates, Lafayette, Louisiana, Counsel for Appellees: R.V. (child), N.V. (child), R.L. (child), N.V. (child).

Lewis H. Pitman, Public Defender's Office, St. Martinville, Louisiana, Counsel for Appellee: J.V. (father).

M. Bofill Duhé , District Attorney, Angela B. Odinet, Assistant District Attorney, St. Martinville, Louisiana, Counsel for Appellee: State of Louisiana.

Court composed of John D. Saunders, Elizabeth A. Pickett, and Phyllis M. Keaty, Judges.

OPINION

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[15-267 La.App. 3 Cir. 1] KEATY, Judge.

This matter stems from a child in need of care case involving four minor children. Following a December 8, 2014 Permanency and Case Review Hearing, the trial court granted judgment in favor of the State of Louisiana, through the Department of Children and Family Services (" DCFS" or " the agency" ), changing the primary case plan goal of reunification to one of adoption, with the secondary goal of reunification. K.V., [1] the mother of the children,

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appeals.[2] For the following reasons, we affirm.

FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

R.V., N.V., R.L., and N.V.[3] were placed in the custody of DCFS pursuant to a verbal instanter order issued on December 18, 2013, and adjudicated children in need of care on February 5, 2014. The following excerpt is taken from a June 17, 2014 DCFS report that was provided to the trial ...


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