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Holding that the trial court did not err in finding that statutory grounds supported terminating the respondent-mother's parental rights, or in finding that doing so was in the child's best interests, the court affirmed the order terminating her righ

She argued on appeal that there was insufficient evidence to support a statutory ground for termination due to the failure to offer her services and parenting time. The DHHS "sought termination at the initial dispositional hearing." Thus, it was "not required to offer services or parenting time. When the trial court ordered reunification services," the DHHS provided a service plan that addressed respondent's "main deficiency in this case-substance abuse." It presented evidence at trial that she failed to "take full advantage of those services." The court also noted that she "received substance abuse services through her probation officer and did not benefit from those services. '[T]here exists a commensurate responsibility on the part of [parents] to participate in the services that are offered.'" As to the child's best interests, the trial court found that respondent and the child did not share a bond. "The child's father testified that the child did not want to be returned to her care and found the idea traumatic, which supported this finding." The trial court also considered respondent's "parenting abilities, as shown by the deplorable conditions the child lived in while in her care and her decisions to continue to engage in drug use and criminality," and her "instability and its effects on the child's needs for a permanent home." The evidence supported these findings as well. Finally, the trial court "appropriately considered the effect of the child's placement with his father." 

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