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IN RE: JUSTYCE HH., a Neglected Child. Clinton County Department of Social Services, Respondent; Andrew II., Appellant.

Decided: February 18, 2016

Before: McCARTHY, J.P., GARRY, LYNCH, DEVINE and CLARK, JJ. Michelle I. Rosien, Philmont, for appellant. Ethan D. Bonner, Clinton County Department of Social Services, Plattsburgh, for respondent. Kathleen R. Insley, Plattsburgh, attorney for the child.

Appeals (1) from an order of the Family Court of Clinton County (Lawliss, J.), entered March 16, 2015, which, in a proceeding pursuant to Family Ct Act articles 10 and 10–A, among other things, continued the permanency plan regarding respondent's child and denied respondent's request that said child have visitation with her half sibling, and (2) from an order of protection issued thereon.

Following respondent's incarceration in October 2013, his daughter (born in 2009) was removed from his care and later adjudicated to be neglected. In a dispositional order, Family Court continued placement of the child with petitioner and established a permanency goal of return to parent. Following a permanency hearing, Family Court continued the prior permanency goal and explicitly made no provisions for visitation between the child and respondent's newly born son (hereinafter the half sibling). Respondent appeals from both the permanency hearing order and an order of protection issued thereon.

Initially, contrary to petitioner's position, the permanency hearing order being appealed from is not moot because it was the first order to address the issue of visitation between the child and the half sibling, and, therefore, continues to affect the rights involved in this matter (see Matter of Kenneth QQ. [Jodi QQ.], 77 AD3d 1223, 1224 [2010]; Matter of Brandon DD. [Jessica EE.], 74 AD3d 1435, 1437 n. 2 [2010] ). However, because the evidence at the permanency hearing indicated that the child and the half sibling have never had contact and do not have an existing relationship, we find that it was not an abuse of discretion for Family Court to determine that sibling visitation was not warranted under these circumstances (see e.g. Matter of Keenan R. v. Julie L., 72 AD3d 542, 542 [2010]; Matter of Sherman v. Hughes, 32 AD3d 959, 960–961 [2006]; Matter of Justin H., 215 A.D.2d 180, 181 [1995], lvs denied 86 N.Y.2d 709, 710 [1995]; see also Eschbach v. Eschbach, 56 N.Y.2d 167, 173 [1982] ).1 In affirming, we make note of the procedural posture herein—i.e., an appeal from a permanency hearing order and not a proceeding for sibling visitation pursuant to Family Ct Act article 6.2

Respondent's appeal from the order of protection must be dismissed for a variety of reasons. Specifically, respondent—who was not the subject of the order—was not aggrieved by it (see CPLR 5511; Matter of Dana XX., 28 AD3d 1025, 1026 [2006]; Matter of William XX. v. Broome County Dept. of Social Servs., 11 AD3d 735, 736 [2004] ) and the order has since expired by its own terms (see Matter of Marcus BB. [David BB.], 129 AD3d 1134, 1135 [2015] ). In any event, because respondent did not address the order in his filings before the Court, any issues related thereto are deemed abandoned (see Rauch v. Ciardullo, 127 AD3d 1293, 1293 n [2015] ).

ORDERED that the permanency hearing order entered March 16, 2015 is affirmed, without costs.

ORDERED that the appeal from the order of protection entered March 16, 2015 is dismissed, without costs.


1.  We note that the attorney for the child argued in favor of Family Court's order.

2.  We also note that the issue of contact between the child and the half sibling was previously addressed by this Court (Matter of Duane FF. [Harley GG.], ––– AD3d ––––, 2016 N.Y. Slip Op 00227 [2016] ).



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