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Case No. 19-0205

In the Interest of A.W., Z.H., Z.W., and Z.W., Minor Children

D.H., Mother-Appellant

A.W., Minor Child-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jamie L. Schroeder

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Melissa A. Anderson-Seeber

Guardian ad litem for A.W.

Heather Feldkamp

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 05, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F. Staudt, Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (8 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to four of her seven children, born in 2006, 2012, 2014, and 2017.  She contends (1) the State failed to prove the grounds for termination cited by the district court; (2) the district court should have granted her additional time to work towards reunification; (3) termination is not in the children’s best interests; and (4) the district court should have placed the oldest child in a guardianship with the child’s maternal grandmother.  The oldest child also appeals the termination decision.  She argues the court should not have terminated her mother’s parental rights and should have placed her in a guardianship with her maternal grandmother.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights to four of her children.  We conclude a guardianship for the oldest child with her maternal grandmother was not warranted.

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