Christy A. v. Arizona Department of Economic Security
((Economic Security???? Doesn't that say it all about what CPS is to them???))
Arizona Court of Appeals
CPS changed the case plan to TPR before an entire year went by as they stated the mother wasn't complying with the court ordered service plan.
A series of court appointed attorneys quit and the hearing was postponed repeatedly.
The mother missed a hearing. She stated that the CPS worker told her that the hearing had been postponed again; the CPS worker denied it and the judge jumped to the conclusion, without evidence, that the mother was lying and the caseworker was not.
At the next hearing the mother, whose attorney didn't show up, verbally requested a motion to set aside default, and the judge appointed yet another attorney and told her they must type a motion. He then sent her away and held the TPR hearing with just the CPS caseworker, and approved the TPR.
The mother's appeal was granted in part, denied in part. Because she didn't have access to counsel and because the judge sent her away before the TPR hearing, the case was remanded to juvenile court.