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Case No. 18-0775

In the Interest of M.G., Minor Child

M.G., Father-Appellant

C.B., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jill A. Cirivello

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Victoria D. Noel

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Matthew A. Quinn

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 15, 2018

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Phillip J. Tabor, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., McDonald, J., and Scott, S.J.  Tabor, J., takes no part.  Opinion by Scott, S.J. (7 pages)

           A mother and father each appeal the juvenile court’s decision terminating their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: We find there is sufficient evidence in the record to support termination of the parental rights of the mother and father.  The court properly denied the mother’s request for additional time to work toward reunification.  The State engaged in reasonable efforts to reunite the father and the child.  On our de novo review, we give weight to the juvenile court’s credibility determinations.  The court properly determined termination of the parents’ rights was in the child’s best interests.  We affirm the decision of the juvenile court.

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