In the Interest of J.C., J.J., and G.J., Minor Children
D.C., Father of J.C.-Appellant
Attorney for Appellant Father
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.
Guardian ad Litem for J.J.
Jami J. Hagemeier
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
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.