NO. 4-06-0998 Filed 2/15/08
IN THE APPELLATE COURT
In re: Z.L., a Minor, ) Appeal from
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Circuit Court of
Petitioner-Appellee, ) Ford County
v. ) No. 06JA9
JEFF L. and EMILY L., )
Respondents-Appellants. ) Honorable
) Stephen R. Pacey,
) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE MYERSCOUGH delivered the opinion of the court:
In July 2006, the Ford County State's Attorney filed a
petition for the adjudication of wardship of respondents Jeff L.
and Emily L.'s minor child, Z.L. (born April 20, 1999). The
trial court denied the petition for failure to show "good cause"
to alleviate respondents from their parental responsibilities as
required by section 2-4(d) of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987
(Act) (705 ILCS 405/2-4(d) (West 2006)). Respondents appeal,
arguing they proved good cause. We agree with respondents and
reverse and remand.
On July 19, 2006, the Ford County State's Attorney
filed a petition for adjudication of wardship of Z.L. The
petition alleged that Z.L. was a dependent minor pursuant to
section 2-4(d) of the Act (705 ILCS 405/2-4(d) (West 2006))
because his parents, with good cause, wished to be relieved of