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Case No. 19-0941

In the Interest of R.M., E.M., K.M., C.M., E.M., and L.M., Minor Children

C.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Donna K. Bothwell

Attorney for Appellee State

Anna T. Stoeffler, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Karen L. Mailander

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 11, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cass County, Amy Zacharias, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (7 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children.  OPINION HOLDS: I. Clear and convincing evidence supports a finding that returning the children to the mother’s care would expose them to the type of harm that would lead to a child-in-need-of-assistance adjudication, and we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights under section 232.116(1)(f) and (h) (2018).  II. The State made reasonable efforts to return the children to the mother’s care.  III. Termination is in the children’s best interests.  IV. We decline to apply one of the exceptions to the termination statute to avoid termination and affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.

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