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Case No. 18-1958

In the Interest of C.T., R.T., and C.T., Minor Children

R.T., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

David R. Fiester

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Julie Trachta

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.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (7 pages)

            A father appeals the order terminating his parental rights to three children.  He contends the State did not prove the children could not be returned to him at the present time and their best interests required not terminating his rights.  OPINION HOLDS: The father failed until very recently to address his substance-abuse and domestic-violence issues; he does not currently live in his own home and continues to associate with active drug users.  On this record, we conclude he cannot resume care of the children.  The evidence supports this conclusion by clear and convincing evidence.  In addition, the children’s best interests are served by severing the parental relationship.  We affirm. 

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