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Case No. 19-1996

In the Interest of J.T., B.T., and R.J., Minor Children

M.J., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kelsey Bauerly Langel

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Meret Thali

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 22, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Plymouth County, Daniel P. Vakulskas, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., May, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Carr, S.J.  (6 pages)


            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children.  OPINION HOLDS: The juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in denying the mother’s request for a continuance of the termination hearing because she failed to show good cause.  Because clear and convincing evidence shows the children cannot be returned to the mother’s care due to her ongoing issues with substance use and termination is in the children’s best interests, we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) and (h) (2019).

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