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Case No. 18-2014

In the Interest of D.L., E.L., and J.L., Minor Children

C.G., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Peter W. Stiefel

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Patrick J. Mahaffey

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Poweshiek County, Rose Anne Mefford, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, J.  (8 pages)

            A mother appeals the juvenile court’s removal of her children and their adjudication as children in need of assistance (CINA).  OPINION HOLDS:  We find the juvenile court had subject matter jurisdiction to remove the children, who were originally from Texas, under the temporary emergency jurisdiction provision of the Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), Iowa Code section 598B.204 (2018), and we affirm the removal of the children.  On the issue of the CINA adjudication and dispositional orders, we reverse the juvenile court and remand for a determination of whether Texas has declined jurisdiction and whether Iowa has become the children’s home state.

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