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Case No. 18-1925

In the Interest of A.W., H.D., J.D., and L.D., Minor Children

B.D., Mother-Appellant

H.D., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kevin Hobbs

Attorney for Appellant Father

Shane P. O'Toole

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Andrew J. Zimmerman

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 05, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Taylor County, Monty Franklin, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vogel, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (5 pages)

            A mother of four children and the father of the youngest three children separately appeal the termination of their parental rights, both challenging the efforts at reunification by the department of human services.  Additionally, the mother asserts insufficient evidence supported termination, and the father claims termination is not in the children’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the district court that the children could not be returned to the mother’s custody and affirm the termination of her parental rights.  We affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights to his three children.

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