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In re S.K.L.R.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

August 17, 2021

As with all cases where the courts must decide whether to terminate a parent’s rights involuntarily, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court confronted a tragic case. Mother and Father had two children together. A county agency petitioned to terminate the parental rights based on a laundry list of alleged faults. More specifically, the agency contended that termination was proper under Subsections 2511(a)(5), 2511(a)(8), and 2511(b) of the Adoption Act. Though the trial court denied the petition, the Superior Court reversed and effectively terminated the parental rights. The Supreme Court reversed and substantially reinstated the trial court’s ruling. The Supreme Court held that the Superior Court erred in rejecting the trial court’s findings, thereby conflicting with the Supreme Court’s holding in In re R.J.T. The Supreme Court also held that the Superior Court substituted its discretion for that of the trial court.

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