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Case No. 18-2028

In the Interest of W.D., A.D., F.D., Z.D., and S.D., Minor Children

W.D., Sr., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Karl G. Knudson

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Whitney L. Gessner

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 20, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Winneshiek County, Linnea M. N. Nicol, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J.  (16 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his five children.  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our de novo review, we conclude termination of the father’s parental rights is in the children’s best interests and none of the circumstances set forth in section 232.116(3) exist to make that section applicable.  We also believe an order under section 232.100 was not an option under the facts of this case, but in any event, find no abuse of discretion in the juvenile court’s decision to proceed with termination of the father’s parental rights instead of delaying permanency.  We affirm the juvenile court’s order terminating the father’s parental rights.

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