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Case No. 19-1567

In the Interest of K.K.-C., Minor Child

K.C., Mother-Appellant

B.K., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jean Capdevila

Attorney for Appellant Father

G. Brian Weiler

Attorney for Appellee State

Gretchen Witte Kraemer, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Joshua Cobie

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-1567
Date Published:
Feb 05, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Korie Shippee, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Mullins and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (12 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the terminations of their parental rights to their child.  The mother argues termination is not in the child’s best interests.  The father challenges the statutory grounds for termination of parental rights and argues a number of the juvenile court’s findings are in error.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the mother has yet to comply with the requirement to secure appropriate housing, the child’s emotional upheaval related to interactions with the mother, and the child’s consistent express preference for adoption, we affirm termination of the mother’s parental rights.  Although the father has obtained and maintained employment and housing, circumstances exist that prevent reunification with the child.  Furthermore, because of the father’s inexperience in parenting, the need for consistent intervention regarding appropriate conversation topics and physical interactions, and the child’s express preference for adoption we affirm termination of the father’s parental rights.

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