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Case No. 19-0254

In the Interest of S.I., Minor Child

B.I., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

David Barajas

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Lynn Vogan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 17, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Joseph Seidlin, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (5 pages)

            A mother appeals from an order terminating her parental rights to one child.  She contends the juvenile court abused its discretion in denying her motion to continue when the court continued the first of two days of hearing for inclement weather and the mother failed to appear on the second day.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the district court did not abuse its discretion.  There was no communication from the mother as to her whereabouts, and the best interests of the child demanded permanency.  The mother had not made a significant effort to address the substance abuse issues that led to the initial removal.  Under those circumstances, we find no abuse of discretion. 

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