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Case No. 18-0875

In the Interest of M.C., A.M., L.M., and A.M., Minor Children

A.M., Father of A.M., L.M., and A.M.-Appellant

A.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Kathryn J. Salazar

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jeffrey L. Powell

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Katie Mitchell

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 05, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Washington County, Daniel Kitchen, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by McDonald, J.  (10 pages)

            A mother and father challenge an order terminating their rights in their children.  OPINION HOLDS: The State proved by clear and convincing evidence that the children could not be returned to the father at the time of termination.  The Iowa Department of Human Services made reasonable efforts to reunify the father with his children.  The court did not err in denying the mother and father an additional six months toward reunification.  The court did not err in finding that termination was in the best interests of the children.

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