IN RE: BARBARA ANNE B. (Anonymous).

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

IN RE: BARBARA ANNE B. (Anonymous). New Alternatives For Children, Inc., petitioner-respondent; Lori Lynn F. (Anonymous), a/k/a Lori B. (Anonymous), appellant, et al., respondent.  (Proceeding No. 1). In the Matter of Justin Anthony B. (Anonymous). New Alternatives For Children, Inc., petitioner-respondent; Lori Lynn F. (Anonymous), a/k/a Lori B. (Anonymous), appellant, et al., respondent.  (Proceeding No. 2). In the Matter of Brycen Shawn B. (Anonymous), IV. New Alternatives For Children, Inc., petitioner-respondent; Lori Lynn F. (Anonymous), a/k/a Lori B. (Anonymous), appellant, et al., respondent.  (Proceeding No. 3).

Decided: May 27, 2008

A. GAIL PRUDENTI, P.J., HOWARD MILLER, EDWARD D. CARNI, and CHERYL E. CHAMBERS, JJ. Catherine S. Bridge, Staten Island, N.Y., for appellant. Law Offices of James M. Abramson, PLLC, New York, N.Y. (Dawn M. Orsatti of counsel), for petitioner-respondent. Steven Banks, New York, N.Y. (Tamara A. Steckler and Judith Stern of counsel), attorney for the children.

In related proceedings pursuant to Social Services Law § 384-b to terminate parental rights on the ground, inter alia, of mental retardation, the mother appeals, as limited by her brief, from so much of three orders of fact-finding and disposition of the Family Court, Kings County (Elkins, J.), all dated May 25, 2007 (one as to each child), as, after a fact-finding hearing, terminated her parental rights on the ground of mental retardation and transferred custody of the subject children to New Alternatives For Children, Inc., and the Commissioner of Social Services of the City of New York for the purpose of adoption.

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

Contrary to the mother's contention, the Family Court did not err in failing to, sua sponte, appoint a guardian ad litem for her.   The record demonstrates that, despite her mental retardation, the mother was capable of understanding the proceedings, defending her rights, and assisting counsel (see CPLR 1201;  Matter of Shawndalaya II., 31 A.D.3d 823, 824-825, 818 N.Y.S.2d 330;  Matter of Justice T., 19 A.D.3d 1079, 1080, 796 N.Y.S.2d 479;  Matter of Philip R., 293 A.D.2d 547, 548, 740 N.Y.S.2d 421;  Matter of Casey J., 251 A.D.2d 1002, 674 N.Y.S.2d 239;  cf. Anonymous v. Anonymous, 256 A.D.2d 90, 91, 681 N.Y.S.2d 494).

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