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Case No. 18-1981

In the Interest of Z.P., R.M., J.M., and I.M., Minor Children

R.M., Father-Appellant

T.P., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Randall L. Jackson

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Yvonne C. Naanep

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney and Guardian ad litem

Nicole Garbis Nolan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Colin J. Witt, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (13 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal from the termination of their parental rights to four children.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother argues the court erred in terminating the father’s parental rights.  She has no standing to assert the father’s rights.  The father argues that termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(g) (2018) is not proper here.  We disagree.  The father’s rights to another child in the same household were terminated in 2015, these children have been adjudicated children in need of assistance, the father has been offered numerous services for more than three years, and he continues to be unable or unwilling to respond to those services that were provided to correct substance-abuse issues and unstable employment and housing.  A further extension of time is not warranted. 

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