M. v. Allen County Attorney’s Office, et al.
Father appealed Family Court’s dispositional order in a Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse (“DNA”) matter. Father did not name the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (“the Cabinet”) as a party to the appeal. Father failed to respond to the Court of Appeals’ Order requiring him to show cause why his appeal should not be dismissed for failure to name the Cabinet as a party to the appeal. The Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal, holding that the Cabinet is an indispensable party in DNA actions, because it is the plaintiff in such actions.
Digested by Nathan R. Hardymon