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Case No. 18-0961

In the Interest of R.E., Minor Child

A.E., Father-Appellant

A.A., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Magdalena B. Reese

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Blake D. Lubinus

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

M. Kathryn Miller

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 01, 2018

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Kevin A. Parker, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vogel, J. (9 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Iowa is R.E.’s “home state,” the district court had jurisdiction over termination proceedings.  Also, because of each parent’s individual pending criminal proceedings and lack of participation in visitation or other offered services, R.E. could not be returned at the time of the termination hearing.  Further, termination was in the child’s best interests, no factors precluded termination, the DHS made reasonable efforts towards reunification, and a six-month extension was not warranted for either parent.

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