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Case No. 19-1880

In the Interest of A.P., Minor Child

D.P., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Ryan M. Dale

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Maura Goaley

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Eric J. Nelson, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (9 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our de novo review of the record, we find the State provided reasonable reunification services to the mother as required in chapter 232, and the State proved by clear and convincing evidence grounds for terminating her parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019).  We also conclude termination of her parental rights is in the child’s best interests and those interests are not served by granting additional time for reunification or application of a permissive factor to avoid termination.  For all these reasons, we affirm the juvenile court’s order terminating the mother’s parental rights in all respects.

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