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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF KANSAS

No. 86,319

In the Matter of the Adoption of

BABY GIRL S., a Minor Child, d.o.b. 5/20/00.

Review of the judgment of the Court of Appeals in 29 Kan. App. 2d ___, 29 P.3d 466 (2001). Appeal from Riley district court; MERYL D. WILSON, judge. Judgment of the Court of Appeals reversing the trial court is affirmed. Judgment of the trial court is reversed. Opinion filed March 8, 2002.

Anne Burke Miller, of Seaton, Miller, Bell & Seaton, L.L.P., of Manhattan, argued the cause and was on the briefs for appellants, adoptive parents.

Susan C. Jacobson, of Jacobson & Jacobson, of Junction City, argued the cause and was on the briefs for appellee, natural father.

The opinion of the court was delivered by

ABBOTT, J.: The potential adoptive parents appeal the trial court's denial of their motion to terminate the parental rights of M.B., the biological father of Baby Girl S. In a published opinion by Judge Marquardt, a unanimous panel of the Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the trial court and ordered the case remanded with instructions to terminate the natural father's parental rights and to grant the petition for adoption. In re Adoption of Baby Girl S., 29 Kan. App. 2d ___, 29 P.3d 466 (2001). This court granted M.B.'s petition for review.

We have carefully considered and reviewed the briefs, arguments, and the record in this case, and we conclude that the Court of Appeals was correct. We, therefore, adopt the opinion of the Court of Appeals and affirm the Court of Appeals and reverse the trial court.

DAVIS, J., not participating.

BRAZIL, S.J., assigned.

END


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