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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, New York.

PETITIONER–RESPONDENT;  WANDA A., RESPONDENT–APPELLANT.

CAF 13–00219

Decided: November 21, 2014

PRESENT:  SMITH, J.P., CENTRA, FAHEY, LINDLEY, AND WHALEN, JJ. COLUCCI & GALLAHER, P.C., BUFFALO (REGINA A. DELVECCHIO OF COUNSEL), FOR RESPONDENT–APPELLANT. JOSEPH T. JARZEMBEK, BUFFALO, FOR PETITIONER–RESPONDENT.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

SHEILA SULLIVAN DICKINSON, ATTORNEY FOR THE CHILD, BUFFALO.

DAVID C. SCHOPP, ATTORNEY FOR THE CHILD, THE LEGAL AID BUREAU OF BUFFALO, INC., BUFFALO (CHARLES D. HALVORSEN OF COUNSEL).

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously reversed on the law without costs, and the matter is remitted to Family Court, Erie County, for a new dispositional hearing in accordance with the following Memorandum:  Respondent mother appeals from an order that, inter alia, revoked the suspended judgment entered upon a finding of permanent neglect and terminated her parental rights with respect to her children in this proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384–b.   We conclude that petitioner established by a preponderance of the evidence that the mother failed to comply with the terms of the suspended judgment (see Matter of Shad S. [Amy C.Y.], 67 AD3d 1359, 1360).   Nevertheless, based on new facts and allegations that we may properly consider, we further conclude that it is not clear that termination of the mother's parental rights is in the best interests of the children (see id.;   see also Matter of Leval B. v Kiona E., 115 AD3d 665, 667).   We therefore reverse the order and remit the matter to Family Court for a new dispositional hearing to determine the children's best interests.

Frances E. Cafarell

Clerk of the Court