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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=47103 Judge Lynaugh FINDING “EXTRAORDINARY circumstances” and neglect due to their father’s alcohol abuse and their mother’s mental illness, the subject child, who is deaf, and her siblings were removed from their parents’ custody. Despite the siblings’ return to their father, the subject child remained in the custody of her maternal grandmother, who is proficient in sign language. In his effort to modify the order of custody, the father demonstrated completion of alcohol abuse treatment and a sign language course as well as full-time employment and family reunification. The court continued the child’s custody with her grandmother. The court found that both the child’s grandmother and grandfather easily communicate in sign language and that the child’s father does not have this ability. The court determined that to place the child in a home in which her access to communication would be severely restricted by her custodian’s lack of sign language proficiency would be detrimental to her development and well-being.

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