GUARDIAN A.D. LITEM PROGRAM o/b/o J.H., Child, Appellant,
K.H., the Mother, and Department of Children and Families, Appellees.
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Appeal from the Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Laura
Stuzin, Judge. Lower Tribunal No. 14-15790
Moore and Laura J. Lee (Tallahassee), for appellant.
Perkins, for Department of Children & Families; Kevin G.
Thomas, for K.H., the Mother, for appellees.
SCALES, LINDSEY, and GORDO, JJ.
appeal arises from a trial court order denying a petition by
the Department of Children and Families ("the
Department") for termination of parental rights of K.H.
("the Mother") as to her child, J.H.
FACTUAL BACKGROUND AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
one of the Mothers fourteen children, was born on November
10, 2005, and was removed from the Mothers custody when he
was a year old. He has had scarce contact with the Mother
since that time and they have no parent-child relationship.
The Mother is diagnosed with a lifelong psychotic condition
that renders her unable to parent. She is presently committed
to the Department and undergoing treatment for her mental
illness. She is incapable
of functioning alone and incapable of safely providing
supervision and care for the child.
J.H. was a year old, a Georgia court placed him with his
adult sister, Tiffany. The Georgia court found that efforts
to reunify J.H. with the Mother would be detrimental to the
child and therefore reunification was not in his best
interest. Thereafter, J.H. resided with Tiffany, who he
refers to as his mom. In 2014, Tiffany consented to a
withhold of adjudication of dependency as to J.H. and his
twin sister following allegations of physical abuse. In March
2015, the court removed him from Tiffanys custody and placed
him in the Departments legal custody. The court found it was
in the childs best interest to be placed in foster care. In
March 2017, the court again modified J.H.s placement finding
it was in his best interest to be placed with a pre-adoptive