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Case No. 18-1317

In the Interest of J.H., J.H., and J.H., Minor Children

J.H., Father-Appellant

T.H., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Robb D. Goedicke

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Raya Dimitrova

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Nicole Garbis-Nolan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 23, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Joseph W. Seidlin, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, J.  (4 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to three children.  The mother and father challenge the existence of grounds for termination.  The father also asserts the juvenile court erred in determining termination is in the children’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the children are under three years of age, have been adjudicated children in need of assistance, have been out of the parents’ custody for at least six consecutive months, and cannot be returned to the parents at present, termination of parental rights is appropriate pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018).  Permanency for these children is in their best interests.  No factor listed in section 232.116(3) mitigates against termination.

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