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Case No. 19-1733

In the Interest of O.P., O.P., R.P., and L.P., Minor Children

J.P., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jeremy M. Evans

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

M. Kathryn Miller

Attorney for Mother

Tara M. Elcock

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 03, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Brendan Greiner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., May, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (5 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to four children, arguing the State failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite him with his children by setting up phone calls with him in prison.  OPINION HOLDS: The father’s requests and the State’s efforts were ultimately hindered by the father’s actions of making a late request on the day of the original termination hearing and later absconding from a prison release program.  Finally, the father was moved to a new prison once he returned to incarceration, and the social worker was unable to set up phone calls before the new termination hearing date.  Under those circumstances, we find the social worker acted reasonably and the State made reasonable efforts to provide the requested service. 

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