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Case No. 19-1128

In the Interest of D.F., Minor Child

K.S., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

C. Kenneth Whitacre

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Justin Wyatt

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 27, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Page County, Amy Zacharias, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J.  (8 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our de novo review of the record, we find the State proved the child could not be safely returned to the mother’s care at the time of the termination-of-parental-rights hearing given her relapses and dishonesty about her alcohol use.  We agree with the juvenile court that termination of the mother’s parental rights was in the child’s best interests and the bond between the parent and child did not outweigh the child’s need for permanency, given the time the mother had been provided and her long history of alcohol use.  For those reasons, we agree with the juvenile court that no additional time was warranted.  So we affirm the juvenile court’s ruling in all respects.

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