IN RE: EVELYN MONCRIEFF G. (Anonymous).

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

IN RE: EVELYN MONCRIEFF G. (Anonymous). Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc., et al., petitioners-respondents; Edmund Emerson G. (Anonymous), Sr., appellant, et al., respondent.  (Proceeding No. 1) In the Matter of Elswith Patricia G. (Anonymous). Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc., et al., petitioners-respondents; Edmund Emerson G. (Anonymous), Sr., appellant, et al., respondent.  (Proceeding No. 2) In the Matter of Clara Emerson G. (Anonymous). Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc., et al., petitioners-respondents; Edmund Emerson G. (Anonymous), Sr., appellant, et al., respondent.  (Proceeding No. 3).

Decided: July 31, 2007

ROBERT A. SPOLZINO, J.P., PETER B. SKELOS, ROBERT A. LIFSON, and RUTH C. BALKIN, JJ. Matthew M. Lupoli, Flushing, N.Y., for appellant. Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke, LLP, New York, N.Y. (Zoe E. Jasper of counsel), for petitioner-respondent Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. Steven Banks, New York, N.Y. (Tamara A. Steckler and Marcia Egger of counsel), Law Guardian for the children.

In three related proceedings pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b to terminate parental rights on the ground of permanent neglect, the father appeals, as limited by his brief, from so much of three orders of fact-finding and disposition of the Family Court, Queens County (Salinitro, J.), each dated October 17, 2005 (one as to each child), as, after fact-finding and dispositional hearings, terminated his parental rights, and transferred the guardianship and custody of the subject children to Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc., and the Commissioner of Social Services for purposes of adoption.

ORDERED that the orders of fact-finding and disposition are affirmed insofar as appealed from, without costs or disbursements.

 The Family Court's findings as to the credibility, character, and temperament of the parent and other witnesses are to be accorded great deference (see Matter of Celenia R., 264 A.D.2d 737, 738, 695 N.Y.S.2d 301).   The evidence adduced at the fact-finding hearing supports the Family Court's findings of permanent neglect.   It was established, by clear and convincing evidence, that the petitioner Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc., made diligent attempts to strengthen the parent-child relationships, and that despite its efforts, the father failed to meaningfully plan for the future of the subject children (see Social Services Law § 384-b;  Matter of Star Leslie W., 63 N.Y.2d 136, 140, 481 N.Y.S.2d 26, 470 N.E.2d 824;  Matter of Ashey Lorraine R., 22 A.D.3d 671, 804 N.Y.S.2d 348;  Matter of Pleasant Edward G., 306 A.D.2d 409, 761 N.Y.S.2d 484).

In addition, the evidence adduced at the dispositional hearing demonstrated that the subject children's best interests would be served by terminating the father's parental rights and freeing the children for adoption by their respective foster parents (see Matter of Ashey Lorraine R., supra;  Matter of Marie J., 307 A.D.2d 265, 762 N.Y.S.2d 263;  Matter of Precious Sarah B., 269 A.D.2d 393, 702 N.Y.S.2d 877).

The father's remaining contentions are without merit.

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