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Case No. 19-0090

In the Interest of K.R. and K.R., Minor Children

A.J., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Zachary C. Priebe

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Paul L. White

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 03, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Rachael E. Seymour, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (6 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children, born in April 2017.  The juvenile court terminated the mother’s parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e) and (h) (2018).  The mother maintains the State did not prove the statutory grounds for termination by clear and convincing evidence, termination is not in the children’s best interests, and a permissive factor weighs against termination.  Alternatively, she requests a six-month extension to continue working toward reunification with her children.  OPINION HOLDS:  Because we find the juvenile court should have granted the mother’s request for a six-month extension to continue working toward reunification, we do not address any of the mother’s other claims.  We reverse the termination of the mother’s parental rights and remand for implementation of a six-month extension. 

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