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Case No. 18-1083

In the Interest of W.G. and T.G., Minor Children

C.R., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Theodore J. Hovda

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Philip L. Garland and Carrie J. Rodriguez

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 05, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Hancock County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Vogel, P.J.  (6 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to W.G., born January 2004, and T.G., born March 2002.  She argues the State failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that grounds for termination exist under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2018), termination is not in the best interests of the children, and there is a strong bond between her and the children that precludes termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c).  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the State proved by clear and convincing evidence the grounds for termination of the mother’s parental rights.  Additionally, termination is in the best interests of the children and any bond between the mother and children does not preclude termination.

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