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Case No. 19-0872

In the Interest of W.B. and A.B.-S., Minor Children

S.S., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jessica R. Noll

Attorney for Appellee State

Anna T. Stoeffler, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Molly Vakulskas Joly

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 07, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Stephanie Forker Perry, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (10 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to two children.  OPINION HOLDS: The State proved the statutory grounds for termination where the mother has a severe substance-abuse problem and was unable to maintain sobriety throughout the child-in-need-of-assistance proceedings.  She is unable to resume custody of the children at this time.  It is also in the children’s best interests to terminate her parental rights; the closeness of their bond should not prevent termination.  And, based on the mother’s history, an extension of time is not warranted.  We affirm. 

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