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Case No. 19-1985

In the Interest of J.C., J.J., and G.J., Minor Children

D.C., Father of J.C.-Appellant

R.L., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Bryan Webber

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Adam M. Stone

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem for J.C and G.J.

Kathryn Miller

Guardian ad Litem for J.J.

Jami J. Hagemeier

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (9 pages)

            The mother of J.J., G.J., and J.C. and the father of J.C. separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their respective children.  The mother and father both challenge whether the statutory grounds for termination have been met, maintain termination is not in the best interest of their respective children, argue an exception precludes termination, and assert the children should have been placed in the custody of one of the grandmothers when their parental rights were terminated.  The mother also maintains she should have been given additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s and the father’s parental rights.

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