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Case No. 19-1361

In the Interest of A.C., Minor Child

M.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Janet L. Hoffman

Attorney for Appellee State

Anna T. Stoeffler (until withdrawal) and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorneys General

Guardian ad Litem

Adam Hanson

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 27, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (8 pages)

            Macey, mother of one-year-old A.C., appeals the termination of her parental rights.  Macey argues it is not in A.C.’s best interests, that breaking their bond is detrimental, that the State failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite mother and daughter, and she should be given an additional six months to work toward assuming custody.  OPINION HOLDS: On our review of the record, we affirm termination of Macey’s rights.  The best interests, including consideration of the parent-child bond, requires termination.  The State made reasonable efforts toward reuniting the pair.  And an additional six months of time will not be enough to resolve Macey’s ongoing issues with drugs and instability.

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