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Case No. 18-0415

In the Interest of I.M., Minor Child

C.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Charles E. Issacson

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for I.M.

William E. Sales III

Guardian ad litem

Terzo R. Steves

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 15, 2018

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Marion County, Steven W. Guiter, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J. (11 pages)

           The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child, I.M., who was born in 2007.  The mother maintains there is not clear and convincing evidence to support the termination of her rights pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2017) as I.M. could be returned to her care at the time of the termination hearing.  She also contends termination is not in I.M.’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: Because I.M. could not be returned to his mother’s care at the time of the termination hearing, termination is in his best interests, and no permissive factor weighs against it, we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights to I.M. 

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