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Case No. 19-1533

In the Interest of M.C., Minor Child

T.W., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Raya D. Dimitrova

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kayla Stratton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (6 pages)

            A mother, Tiana, appeals the termination of her parental rights to her fourth child, M.C.  She argues the State failed to present clear and convincing evidence to support the statutory basis for terminating her rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Tiana refuses to address her substance-abuse issues, is not forthcoming about domestic abuse possibilities, refuses to engage in individual therapy and has not cooperated with DHS workers, we find that Tiana is unwilling to respond to services.  Also, after viewing the record as a whole, we find clear and convincing evidence that more time for rehabilitation would not fix the problems with Tiana’s parenting.

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