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Case No. 19-0372

In the Interest of J.W., K.W., and G.J., Minor Children

K.W., Mother-Appellant

G.J., Father of G.J.-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Sara Strain Linder

Attorney for Appellant Father

Ellen R. Ramsey-Kacena

Attorney for Appellee State

Anna T. Stoeffler, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Anthony Haughton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 01, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Jason A. Burns, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Tabor, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Scott, S.J.  (17 pages)

            Parents separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their respective children.  The father argues the Iowa Department of Human Services failed to make reasonable efforts to facilitate reunification and termination is not in his child’s best interests because a guardianship could have been established in the paternal grandmother.  The mother challenges the sufficiency of the evidence underlying the grounds for termination cited by the juvenile court, argues termination is not in the children’s best interests due to the parent-child bond, and maintains she should have been granted additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of both parents’ parental rights.

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