Matter of George L. v. Commissioner of Fulton County Dept. of Social Servs – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In Matter of George L. v. Commissioner of Fulton County Dept. of Social Servs., 194 AD2d 955, 956, 599 NYS2d 319 [3d Dept 1993], adoptive parents challenged the adoption of their son's sister by her foster/adoptive parents who resided in a neighboring county.

The Family Court granted the adoption of the girl by her foster parents, who had cared for her for several years.

The boy's adoptive parents sought to vacate the adoption order and adopt the girl.

The Third Department upheld the court's granting of the adoption of the girl by her foster parents, finding that the boy's parents had presented a "sympathetic case," but the Family Court had obtained independent forensic evidence and applied the standard of the best interests of the child and, thus, its ruling in favor of the adoption of the girl by her foster parents was fully supported by the record (id. at 957).