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Case No. 18-1618

In the Interest of J.D., T.D., C.D., D.D., and E.R., Minor Children

S.B., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Ivan E. Miller

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

DeShawne Bird-Sell

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 09, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Montgomery County, Amy L. Zacharias, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (8 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the children could not be returned to the mother’s care at the time of the termination hearing, the grounds for termination pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2018) have been met.  The evidence shows that termination is in the children’s best interests, and we decline to apply the exception to termination provided in section 232.116(3)(c).  The State made reasonable efforts to reunify the family, and we decline to delay termination an additional six months.  Accordingly, we affirm.

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