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Case No. 18-1683

In the Interest of N.S., A.R., A.S.-R., and G.S.-R., Minor Children

A.S., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Douglas L. Roehrich

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Michelle Hynes

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Mary Jane Sokolovske, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (7 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her four children, who at the time the termination order issued ranged in ages from six years old to two years.  The mother’s parental rights were terminated pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f), (h), and (l) (2018).  On appeal, she purports to challenge the statutory grounds, argues the children could be returned to her care in a reasonable time, and maintains termination of her rights is not in the children’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother failed to challenge any of the elements of section 232.116(1)(f) and (h) and therefore has waived any alleged error committed by the juvenile court.  Because we cannot say she would be able to care for the children after a short extension of time, and because termination is in the best interests of the children, we affirm.

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