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Case No. 19-1783

In the Interest of E.P., Minor Child

E.P., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Cory R. Gonzales

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Andrew Thalacker

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Fayette County, Linnea M.N. Nicol, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (9 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her minor child under Iowa Code chapter 232 (2019).  On appeal, the mother argues the State failed to prove grounds for termination, she was not provided sufficient reunification services, an exception should be applied to prevent termination, and she should have been granted a six-month extension.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the State proved grounds for termination under section 232.116(1)(h); the mother waived her reasonable-efforts claim by failing to raise it before the termination hearing; no permissive exceptions apply to prevent termination; and a six-month extension is not warranted based on the facts here.  We affirm.

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