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March 12, 2024


Panel Attorney: Rob McLaughlin

In an appeal from the 18-month review hearing, the Court agrees that the reasonable services finding is not supported by substantial evidence. Father was improperly denied any form of visitation or contact wtih the children after the spring of 2021. The juvenile court’s delegation to the Agency of whether visitation between father and the children would occur was improper.

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