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Case No. 19-0741

In the Interest of D.P., Minor Child

J.P., Father-Appellant

J.P., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Christine Sand

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Donna Bothwell

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

William Early

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 25, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Audubon County, Amy L. Zacharias, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Greer, J., and Mahan, S.J.  Opinion by Mahan, S.J.  Special concurrence by Potterfield, P.J.  (8 pages)

            A mother and father each appeal the juvenile court order terminating their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: As to the mother, we find there is clear and convincing evidence in the record to support termination of her parental rights, the State made reasonable efforts to reunite her with the child, and termination is in the child’s best interests.  For the father, we find there is sufficient evidence to warrant termination of his parental rights and the juvenile court properly declined to apply any exceptions to termination.  We affirm the decision of the juvenile court. SPECIAL CONCURRENCE ASSERTS: I agree with the majority; in this case, the incarcerated father did not explicitly raise a best-interests claim.

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