Doria v. Texas Department of Human Resources – Case Brief Summary (Texas)

In Doria v. Texas Department of Human Resources, 747 S.W.2d 953 (Tex. App.--Corpus Christi 1988, no writ) the evidence was that the mother left the children alone in a house with no running water, electricity, or heat and that a boyfriend abused her and possibly abused one child.

The mother was unable to comply with the family service plan by attending all counseling and parenting classes, obtaining adequate housing or visiting the children regularly.

A TDHR worker was of the opinion that the children removed from the mother's home should not be returned because they no longer related to the mother and it was "not fair" to them. Id. at 957.

In reversing on the basis of factual insufficiency of the evidence of endangerment, the court of appeals noted that the house had been repaired, that the mother had attended a large number of the required classes and visits considering her low intelligence and poverty, that an abusive boyfriend was no longer allowed in the house, that the great weight of the evidence showed the mother was striving to conform to the service plan, and that she loved her children and was sincerely concerned about getting them back. Doria, 747 S.W.2d at 958-59.