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Case No. 19-0424

In the Interest of W.L. and E.L., Minor Children

C.W. and D.C., Intervenors-Appellants

Attorney for Appellants

Stephanie R. Fueger

Attorney for Appellee State

Anna T. Stoeffler, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Zeke R. McCartney

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 05, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Thomas J. Straka, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (9 pages)

            Following termination of the rights of their biological parents, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) removed E.L. and W.L. from their pre-adoptive placement with intervenors Craig and his husband, Dwight.  The intervenors challenge the denial of their motion to remove the DHS as the children’s guardian, arguing the DHS acted unreasonably and not in the children’s best interests by removing the children from their home over concerns about inadequate supervision.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the juvenile court’s conclusion disrupting the children’s current pre-adoptive placement would not be in their best interests, even if the DHS acted unreasonably at the time of the removal.  Accordingly, we affirm. 

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