In re Aaron L.

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Abuse and Neglect
Case Number: 
2013 IL App (1st) 122808
Decision Date: 
Friday, March 29, 2013
1st Dist.
Cook Co.,1st Div.
Reversed and remanded.
Court erred in failing to make written findings relating to health, safety and best interest of the public, as required by Section 2-31(2) of Juvenile Court Act, and failing to explain how it was in minor's best interest to close wardship case and terminate minor's wardship and guardianship. Although minor testified that he wished for case to remain open so he could participate in drug treatment, and that he would live with his sister if he could not remain at transitional youth home, court made no express specific findings of fact as to minor's wishes as to case closure or manner of living independently. Minor's lack of cooperation and failure to avail himself of service is not alone sufficient basis to terminate guardianship. (ROCHFORD and DELORT, concurring.)