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Case No. 18-1873

In the Interest of J.D., J.D., and J.D., Minor Children

K.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Scott A. Johnson

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Appellee Father

Tisha M. Halverson

Guardian ad litem

Shannon Sandy

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Osceola County, David C. Larson, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J.  (16 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children.  OPINION HOLDS: I. Because clear and convincing evidence shows imminent harm would likely occur to the children’s physical, mental, or social well-being if returned to the mother’s custody, termination of the mother’s parental rights is appropriate under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2017).  II. Assuming the mother preserved error on her reasonable-efforts challenge, we are unable to conclude the State failed to make reasonable efforts.  III. We decline to delay the children’s permanency by granting the mother additional time to reunify with the children.

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