IN RE: DAVION H.

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IN RE: DAVION H., A Dependent Child Under Eighteen Years of Age, etc., Linda R., Respondent–Appellant, Martin H., Respondent–Appellant, Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, Petitioner–Respondent.

Decided: November 17, 2015

GONZALEZ, P.J., SWEENY, MANZANET–DANIELS, KAPNICK, JJ. Richard L. Herzfeld, P.C., New York (Richard L. Herzfeld of counsel), for Linda R., appellant. Larry S. Bachner, Jamaica, for Martin H., appellant. John R. Eyerman, New York, for respondent. Tamara A. Steckler, The Legal Aid Society, New York (Patricia Colella of counsel), attorney for the child.

Order of disposition, Family Court, New York County (Clark V. Richardson, J.), entered on or about July 28, 2014, which, upon a fact-finding determination that respondent mother had permanently neglected the subject child and that respondent father's consent to adoption is not required, terminated respondent mother's parental rights to the child, and committed custody and guardianship of the child to petitioner agency and the Commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services for the purpose of adoption, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The finding of permanent neglect is supported by clear and convincing evidence (see Social Services Law § 384–b[7]; Matter of Sheila G., 61 N.Y.2d 368, 373 [1984] ). The evidence shows that the agency exercised diligent efforts to encourage and strengthen the parental relationship by, among other things, referring the mother for mental health services, and by scheduling and facilitating the mother's visitation with the child (see Matter of Marissa Tiffany C–W. [Faith W.], 125 A.D.3d 512, 512 [1st Dept 2015] ). Despite these efforts, however, the evidence shows that the mother failed to plan for the child's future, as she failed to continue with mental health counseling, obtain suitable housing, improve the quality of visits, and understand the child's special needs (see Matter of Alliyah C. [Colleen C.], 113 A.D.3d 562, 563, 980 N.Y.S.2d 16 [1st Dept 2014], lv denied 23 N.Y.3d 901 [2014]; see also Matter of Tashameeka Valerie P. [Priscilla P.], 102 A.D.3d 614, 615, 959 N.Y.S.2d 63 [1st Dept 2013], lv denied 21 N.Y.3d 852 [2013] ).

A preponderance of the evidence supports the determination that the child's best interests would be served by terminating the mother's parental rights and freeing the child for adoption (see Matter of Star Leslie W., 63 N.Y.2d 136, 147–148 [1984] ). The child has remained continuously in foster care since he was two days old, and he has lived for more than three years with the foster mother, who wants to adopt him and with whom he has a loving relationship (Matter of Amilya Jayla S. [Princess Debbie A.], 83 A.D.3d 582, 583, 923 N.Y.S.2d 441 [1st Dept 2011] ). A suspended judgment is unwarranted as the mother has failed to, among other things, demonstrate a realistic and feasible plan to provide an adequate and stable home for the child (see Matter of Charles Jahmel M. [Charles E.M.], 124 A.D.3d 496, 497 [1st Dept 2015], lv denied 25 N.Y.3d 905 [2015] ).

Clear and convincing evidence supports the finding that the father's consent to adoption is not required, as he failed to communicate with the child or agency on at least a monthly basis, and he admittedly failed to provide financial support for the child, beyond a one-time payment of $200, despite the means to do so (Domestic Relations Law § 111(1)(d); Matter of Lynik Jomae E. [Lynik Jomae E.], 112 A.D.3d 513, 514, 976 N.Y.S.2d 389 [1st Dept 2013], lv dismissed 23 N.Y.3d 1007 [2014]; see also Matter of Lambrid Shepherd C. [Jeffrey S.], 73 A.D.3d 496, 496, 899 N.Y.S.2d 837 [1st Dept 2010] ).

We have considered the mother's and the father's remaining arguments and find them unavailing.