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Case No. 19-0240

In the Interest of J.C. and O.C., Minor Children

J.C., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Christine E. Branstad

Attorney for Appellee State

Charles K. Phillips, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Nicole Garbis Nolan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 05, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Rachael E. Seymour, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (7 pages)

            A father appeals the juvenile court’s decision to waive the department of human services’ obligation to make reasonable efforts towards reunification.  The father also argues that the court should not have declined his request to bifurcate the roles of the children’s attorney and guardian ad litem.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the department’s obligation to make reasonable reunification efforts should not have been waived.  We reverse the portion of the dispositional order granting the children’s waiver motion and remand for reinstatement of reasonable reunification services and further proceedings consistent with this opinion.  We find it unnecessary to also reverse the juvenile court’s denial of the father’s request for bifurcation.

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