1Sandra W.'s case was affirmed on appeal in a Finley order on November 4, 2004.
Pennsylvania v. Finley, 481 U.S. 551, 95 L. Ed. 2d 539, 107 S. Ct. 1990 (1987).
June 26, 2008
In re L.W., Minor, ) Appeal from the
Respondent ) Circuit Court of
) Cook County
(The People of the State of Illinois, ))
Petitioner-Appellee, ) No. 96 JA 5810
Oscar H., ) Honorable
) Sybil Thomas,
Respondent-Appellant). ) Judge Presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE NEVILLE delivered the opinion of the court:
The People of the State of Illinois (State) commenced this case by filing a petition for
adjudication of wardship against Sandra W., the mother of L.W., the minor who is the subject of
these proceedings. Subsequently, the complaint was amended naming Oscar H., L.W.'s father, as
a respondent. The trial court entered an order terminating Sandra W.'s and Oscar H.'s parental rights
to L.W. In this appeal, Oscar H. appeals from the order terminating his parental rights, pursuant to
section 1(D)(m) of the Adoption Act, and the Public Guardian files a cross-appeal from the trial
court's finding that the State failed to prove that Oscar H. and Sandra W.1 violated section 1(D)(b)
of the Adoption Act. 750 ILCS 50/1(D)(b) (West 1996).