In re B.S.T – Case Brief Summary (Texas)

In In re B.S.T., 977 S.W.2d 481 (Tex. App.--Houston 14th Dist. 1998), after the trial court terminated appellant's parental rights, appellant filed an appeal claiming that he was never given a service plan and that no reasonable efforts were made to return the children to him. Id. at 486.

The court of appeals stated that "our review of the record reveals that the mother was provided with a Family Service Plan, but there is no evidence appellant was provided a separate plan by TDPRS. The record indicates the mother did not know appellant's whereabouts at the time the children were taken into custody. A diligent search was made to locate appellant. When he was located, and after his release from prison, he was advised of visitation and did visit with his children twice, but he made no further efforts to be involved. Caseworkers advised him he should sign an affidavit of paternity, but he never did so. A caseworker for TDPRS testified that all reasonable efforts were made to return the children to the parents. We believe this evidence is sufficient to support termination under subsection (N)." Id.