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Case No. 18-1905

In the Interest of A.S.-M. and A.C., Minor Children

C.C., Father of A.C.-Appellant

K.S.-M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Michael M. Lindeman

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Annette F. Martin

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Robin L. O'Brien-Licht

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 09, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Susan F. Flaherty, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (8 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to two children.  The father of one of the children appeals the termination of his parental rights.  Both parents argue the State did not prove the statutory grounds for termination and they should be given additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: Because of the parents’ failure to address the issues of substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health disorders that led to the initial removal, the State showed by clear and convincing evidence the children could not be returned to either parent at the time of the termination hearing due to a risk of further harm.  The parents’ history and recent circumstances served to show an extension of six months was not warranted.  We affirm on both appeals. 

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