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Case No. 19-1599

In the Interest of H.N. and E.N., Minor Children

S.S., Mother-Petitioner-Appellee

A.N., Father-Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Richard N. Tompkins, Jr.

Attorney for Appellee Mother

Megan R. Rosenberg

Guardian ad Litem

Crystal L. Ely

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 29, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (7 pages)

            A father appeals from the order terminating his parental rights to twins under Iowa Code chapter 600A (2019).  OPINION HOLDS: After reviewing the record anew, we reach the same conclusions as the juvenile court.  The twins’ mother offered clear and convincing proof the father made, at best, a marginal effort to support or communicate with the twins.  Ample evidence also buoys her position that termination is in their best interests, especially for the twin who has special needs.  We thus affirm the termination order.

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