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Case No. 18-0890

In the Interest of R.M. and K.M., Minor Children

T.M., Mother-Appellant

R.M., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

DeShawne L. Bird-Sell

Attorney for Appellant Father

J. Joseph Narmi

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Abby L. Davison

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mills County, Craig M. Dreismeier, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (7 pages)

            A mother and father appeal the termination of their parental rights to their children.  Both parents challenge the evidence supporting the grounds for termination cited by the district court.  The father also argues the State failed to make reasonable efforts toward reunification, termination was not in the children’s best interests, and the court should have declined to terminate his parental rights based on the strength of the parent-child bond.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the parents’ rights to the children.

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