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Case No. 19-1575

In the Interest of A.H., Minor Child

A.C., Mother-Appellant

L.H., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kelsey Knight

Attorney for Appellant Father

Cathleen J. Siebrecht

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Brent Pattison

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 27, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Colin J. Witt, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (5 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to a child.  The mother contends the State failed to prove the grounds for termination cited by the district court, termination was not in the child’s best interests, and she should have been afforded additional time to work toward reunification with the child.  The father contends the department failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify him with his child and the district court should have afforded him additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of parental rights to the child.

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