In the Interest of: Alana
A court can find that adoption is in the best interests of a minor child who has complex medical needs that require daily care, medicine and visits to the hospital. The minor child, 4, was born with cystic fibrosis and requires a high level of care that includes changes of posture to relieve fluid in the lungs and feeding through a tube. The minor child takes numerous medications and requires visits to a hospital's cystic fibrosis clinic. She also exhibits oppositional and defiant behavior that requires therapy. The Department of Children and Families filed a petition to terminate the rights of the biological parents, who were represented by counsel. The attorney for the minor child supported the department's petition. The court found that the minor child has bonded with the foster family, which is committed to her and also cares for her sister. The minor child receives the complex daily care that she requires and has gained weight, which she was unable to maintain when she lived with her biological parents. Her medical condition has improved. The minor child did not gain weight when the biological parents had custody. The court found, by clear and convincing evidence, that adoption is in the best interests of the minor child. The court terminated the rights of the biological parents.