IN RE: ADAM S. (Anonymous).

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

IN RE: ADAM S. (Anonymous). April S. (Anonymous), Appellant; Little Flower Children's Services, Respondent.

Decided: October 29, 2001

MYRIAM J. ALTMAN, J.P., GABRIEL M. KRAUSMAN, ANITA R. FLORIO and BARRY A. COZIER, JJ. Cyril C. Penn, Jamaica, N.Y., for appellant. Carrieri & Carrieri, P.C., Mineola, N.Y. (Ralph R. Carrieri and Joseph R. Carrieri of counsel), for respondent. Monica Drinane, New York, N.Y. (Marcia Egger of counsel), Law Gaurdian for the child.

In a neglect proceeding pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b to terminate parental rights, the mother appeals from an order of the Family Court, Queens County (Stokinger, J.), dated October 16, 2000, which denied her motion to, in effect, vacate an order of the same court (Berman, J.), dated November 26, 1996, made upon her default in appearing, which, inter alia, continued the child's placement in foster care, and for custody of the child.

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.

The Family Court properly found that the mother failed to sustain her burden of establishing a reasonable excuse for her default in appearing and a meritorious defense (see, CPLR 5015[a][1] ).   The mother's rehabilitative efforts did not constitute a meritorious defense (see, Matter of Aaron R., 282 A.D.2d 464, 722 N.Y.S.2d 422;  Matter of Julie T., 248 A.D.2d 477, 478, 668 N.Y.S.2d 924;  Matter of Raymond Anthony A., Jr., 192 A.D.2d 529, 596 N.Y.S.2d 723;  Matter of Shirley C., 145 A.D.2d 631, 536 N.Y.S.2d 156;  cf., Matter of Patrick L., 179 A.D.2d 220, 582 N.Y.S.2d 437).   In addition, the termination of the mother's parental rights precluded her right to regain custody (see, Matter of Santosky v. Roach, 161 A.D.2d 908, 557 N.Y.S.2d 473).

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