Court Issues Guidelines For Parental Rights Cases
"Specific steps provide notice and guidance to a parent as to what should be done to facilitate reunification and prevent termination of rights," wrote Rogers. "Their completion or noncompletion, however, does not guarantee any outcome. A parent may complete all of the specific steps and still be found to have failed to rehabilitate."
Justice Peter T. Zarella dissented from the majority, arguing that the court's decision to require DCF to give parents specific steps if they want to keep their children was inconsistent with the decision to terminate the rights of Elvin G., who was not given such an opportunity. "Although I am sympathetic to the majority's concern, I believe that we must encourage the department to follow the proper procedural channels for termination," wrote Zarella.•