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Case No. 18-1173

In the Interest of S.C.-H., Minor Child

J.T., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Justin T. Deppe

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Douglas Cook

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Hamilton County, Paul B. Ahlers, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J. (11 pages)


            A mother appeals the juvenile court’s termination of her parental rights.  She contends the State failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify her with the child and prove the statutory grounds for termination by clear and convincing evidence.  Further, she contends termination is not in the best interests of the child and requests additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother waived her reasonable-efforts challenge.  We find the State met its burden for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2017) and termination is in the child’s best interests.  We conclude an extension of time is not warranted in this case.

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