may not be cited except as provided by
Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd.3 (1996).
STATE OF MINNESOTA
IN COURT OF APPEALS
In the Matter of the Welfare of: J.F.
Filed December 8, 1998
Blue Earth County District Court
File No. J59650396
Allen P. Eskens, 3 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 207, P.O. Box 3412, Mankato, MN 56002-3412 (for appellant)
Ross Arneson, Blue Earth County Attorney, Bradley Peyton, Assistant County Attorney, P.O. Box 3129, Mankato, MN 56002 (for respondent)
Considered and decided by Toussaint, Chief Judge, Harten, Judge, and Mulally, Judge.
On appeal from the district court's order terminating her parental rights to J.F., the child's mother argues Blue Earth County failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite her family. We affirm.
J.F. was born January 15, 1993. On May 7, 1996, Blue Earth County filed a petition alleging J.F. was a child in need of protection and services. The county was granted temporary custody of J.F. He has remained in its custody ever since.
A case plan was adopted at a dispositional hearing held August 16, 1996. Then, on September 19, 1997, Blue Earth County filed a petition for termination of parental rights alleging three grounds for termination. On April 1, 1998, the district court terminated mother's parental rights based on two of the three alleged statutory grounds.
First, the district court found that mother was palpably unfit to be a party to the parent-child relationship with J.F. as defined in Minn. Stat. § 260.221, subd. 1(4) (Supp. 1997). Second, the court found that J.F. had resided out of the parental home under court order for over one year following an adjudication of need for protection and services and thus grounds for termination existed under Minn. Stat. § 260.221, subd. 1(5)(i) (Supp. 1997). Mother appeals the district court's order terminating her parental rights.
"Parental rights are terminated only for grave and weighty reasons." In re Welfare of M.D.O., 462 N.W.2d 370, 375 (Minn. 1990). When deciding whether to terminate parental rights the district court must consider whether reasonable efforts have been made to reunite the parent and the child. In re Welfare of S.Z. 547 N.W.2d 886, 892 (Minn. 1996). A district court must make specific findings indicating it considered the efforts made by the county reasonable. Minn. Stat. § 260.012(c) (Supp. 1997).
Mother argues that the county failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite her and J.F. In its findings the district court listed the county's efforts and specifically found that they were reasonable. We agree.
The record indicates that the county provided mother with numerous services including counseling for both her and J.F., parenting classes, an in-home worker, a parenting assessment, visitation, and help with money management issues. The record therefore indicates that the county made reasonable efforts to reunite J.F. and his mother.
[*]Retired judge of the district court, serving as judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals pursuant to Minn. Const. art. VI, § 10.