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Case No. 18-1771

In the Interest of D.M., Minor Child

V.R., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Stephanie A. Sailer

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Melissa A. Anderson-Seeber

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 19, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F. Staudt, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, J.  (7 pages)

            The juvenile court terminated the mother’s parental rights to D.M.—born in October 2016—pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(g) and (h) (2018).  On appeal, the mother maintains there is not clear and convincing evidence to support the statutory grounds for termination and termination of her parental rights is not in D.M.’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother’s reengagement with services shortly before the termination hearing is insufficient to demonstrate she is willing and able to work toward correcting the situation, and we cannot say that any additional time would enable the mother to achieve a different result.  Thus, there is clear and convincing evidence to support termination of the mother’s parental rights under section 232.116(1)(g).  Because termination of the mother’s parental rights is also in D.M.’s best interests, we affirm. 

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