April 9, 2014
In the Matter of the Adoption of D.J.D. D.D., natural mother of D.J.D., and B.D., adoptive parent, Petitioners and Appellees
R.H., natural father of D.J.D., and Department of Human Services, State of North Dakota, Respondents R.H., natural father of D.J.D., Appellant
Appeal from the District Court of Burleigh County, South Central Judicial District, the Honorable Dann E. Greenwood, Judge.
Bryan D. Denham, Pampa, Texas, for petitioners and appellees.
Tyler J. Morrow, Grand Forks, N.D., for respondent and appellant; submitted on brief.
Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J., Dale V. Sandstrom, Daniel J. Crothers, Lisa Fair McEvers, Carol Ronning Kapsner.
[¶1] R.H., the natural father of D.J.D., appeals from an order terminating his parental rights to the child and from an order granting a petition for adoption of the child. He argues he was denied effective assistance of counsel in the termination and adoption proceedings. We summarily affirm under N.D.R.App.P. 35.1(a)(7), concluding the record does not establish that his counsel was ineffective under the guidelines of Interest of K.L. and M.S., 2008 ND 131, ¶ 31, 751 N.W.2d 677.
[¶2] Gerald W. VandeWalle, C.J., Dale V. Sandstrom, Daniel J. Crothers, Lisa Fair McEvers, Carol Ronning Kapsner