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Case No. 18-1908

In the Interest of D.G., Minor Child

C.B., Mother-Appellant

B.A., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Stuart G. Hoover

Attorney for Appellant Father

Joshua J. Reicks

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

William Lansing

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jackson County, Phillip J. Tabor, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  Tabor, J., takes no part.  (10 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child, born in 2014.  The mother argues termination of her rights is not in the child’s best interests and the statutory exception to termination contained in Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(a) (2018) should be applied or a guardianship should be established with a maternal great-aunt.  The father challenges the sufficiency of the evidence concerning the statutory ground for termination cited by the juvenile court, echoes the mother’s claims concerning the statutory exception to termination and establishment of a guardianship, and argues he should have been granted an additional six months to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of both parents’ parental rights.

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