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Case No. 19-1686

In the Interest of J.C. and S.B., Minor Children

L.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Becky Wilson

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Patrick James Rourick

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court; for Mitchell County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (6 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to two children, contending (1) the State failed to prove the grounds for termination cited by the juvenile court; (2) termination was not in the children’s best interests; (3) the juvenile court should have invoked certain exceptions to termination; and (4) the juvenile court should have granted her additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the child could not be returned to her custody, the mother was not in a position to safely parent the children, the court acted appropriately in not invoking exceptions to termination, and additional time would not resolve the court’s concerns, we affirm.

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