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Case No. 18-1412

In the Interest of A.M., A.M., E.M., and I.M., Minor Children

N.S., Mother-Appellant

J.M., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Mark A. Milder

Attorney for Appellant Father

Nina M. Forcier

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Melissa Anderson-Seeber

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 10, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F. Staudt, Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vogel, J.  (9 pages)

            The mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their minor children: A.M., born 2011; A.M., born 2012; E.M., born 2014; and I.M., born 2016.  The father argues the children were not removed for the statutorily required time.  Both argue additional time should have been afforded and termination was not in the best interests of the children.  OPINIONS HOLDS: We conclude the State proved by clear and convincing evidence the grounds for termination of both the mother’s and father’s parental rights.  Additionally, we find termination is in the best interests of the children and neither any bond between the parents and the children nor the children’s placement with relatives is sufficient to preclude termination.

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