DCPP VS. S.C.M. AND O.D.M. IN THE MATTER OF THE GUARDIANSHIP OF E.M.M. AND O.D.M., JR. (FG-07-0083-18, ESSEX COUNTY AND STATEWIDE) (RECORD IMPOUNDED) (CONSOLIDATED)

RECORD IMPOUNDED NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION This opinion shall not “constitute precedent or be binding upon any court.” Although it is posted on the internet, this opinion is binding only on the parties in the case and its use in other cases is limited. R. 1:36-3. SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY APPELLATE DIVISION DOCKET NOS. A-1014-18T3 A-1015-18T3 NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF CHILD PROTECTION AND PERMANENCY, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. S.C.M. and O.D.M., Defendants-Appellants/ Cross-Respondents. ________________________________ IN THE MATTER OF THE GUARDIANSHIP OF E.M.M., a Minor, Respondent/Cross-Appellant, and O.D.M., JR., a Minor. ________________________________ Argued January 29, 2020 – Decided February 6, 2020 Before Judges Haas, Mayer and Enright. On appeal from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, Essex County, Docket No. FG-07-0083-18. Ruth Ann Harrigan, Designated Counsel, argued the cause for appellant/cross-respondent S.C.M. (Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender, attorney; Robyn A. Veasey, Deputy Public Defender, of counsel; Ruth Ann Harrigan, on the briefs). Kathleen Ann Gallagher, Designated Counsel, argued the cause for appellant/cross-respondent O.D.M. (Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender, attorney; Robyn A. Veasey, Deputy Public Defender, of counsel; Kathleen Ann Gallagher, on the briefs). Cory Hadley Cassar, Designated Counsel, argued the cause for respondent/cross-appellant (Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender, Law Guardian, attorney; Meredith Alexis Pollock, Deputy Public Defender, of counsel; Cory Hadley Cassar, on the briefs). Casey Jonathan Woodruff, Deputy Attorney General, argued the cause for respondent (Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney General, attorney; Jane C. Schuster, Assistant Attorney General, of counsel; Casey Jonathan Woodruff, on the briefs). Todd S. Wilson, Designated Counsel, argued the cause for minor (Joseph E. Krakora, Public Defender, Law Guardian, attorney; Meredith Alexis Pollock, Deputy Public Defender, of counsel; Todd S. Wilson, on the brief). PER CURIAM A-1014-18T3 2 Defendants O.D.M. and S.C.M. appeal from an October 22, 2018 judgment of guardianship terminating their parental rights to their biological children, Owen and Eric. 1 O.D.M. collaterally argues the trial court’s termination flowed, in part, from an order dated October 22, 2014, which wrongfully relieved the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency (Division) of the requirement to offer him services. We affirm, substantially for the reasons set forth in Judge James R. Paganelli’s cogent, ninety-five-page written opinion of October 9, 2018. We will not recite in detail the history of the interactions between the Division and defendants. Instead, we incorporate by reference the trial judge’s extensive factual findings and legal conclusions. We add the following comments. Owen was born in 2006 and Eric was born in 2009. The children were removed from S.C.M.’s care in November 2012, due to concerns over S.C.M.’s mental health. Since O.D.M. was in prison at the time of the removal, the children were placed in a non-relative foster home. 1 We use fictitious names for the children and initials for the parents to protect the privacy of the parties and minors involved in this matter. A-1014-18T3 3 Reportedly, both children exhibited significant behavioral issues while in placement. Owen was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant …Original document