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Case No. 19-1840

In the Interest of A.R. and M.R., Minor Children

J.R., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Sara E. Benson

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Norm L. Springer Jr.

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 13, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Charles D. Fagan, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (8 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to two children, aged two and five.  She contests the statutory grounds for termination, argues the State failed to make reasonable reunification efforts, and asserts termination would be detrimental due to the closeness of the parent-child relationship.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother’s ongoing substance-abuse and personal issues render her home unsafe for a return of the children’s custody, so the State proved the statutory ground for termination by clear and convincing evidence.  The mother failed to preserve error on her reasonable-efforts challenge.  She also failed to show the termination would be detrimental to the children.  Accordingly, we affirm the termination of her parental rights. 

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