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Case No. 18-1409

In the Interest of R.W. and X.W., Minor Children

R.W., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Thomas G. Crabb

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

ConGarry Williams

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Lynn Poschner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Potterfield, JJ.  Opinion by Vogel, C.J.  (4 pages)

            The father appeals the termination of his parental rights to R.W., born in March 2016, and X.W., born in January 2017.  He argues the district court should not have found immediate termination of his parental rights was in the best interests of the children while granting an additional six months for the mother to work toward reunification.  Moreover, he posits a higher standard should be imposed when determining the best interests of the children when termination is only of one parent’s parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude termination of the father’s parental rights is in the best interests of the children and an additional six months would not extinguish the need for removal.

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