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Case No. 20-0022

In the Interest of G.S., O.S., and C.S., Minor Children

N.S., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Patrick C. Peters

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Shannon M. Leighty

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 15, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, Stephen A. Owen, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED IN PART AND REMANDED. Considered by Bower, C.J., May, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (13 pages)

            A father appeals from a child-in-need-of-assistance (CINA) dispositional order that granted the department of human services and the county attorney a limited waiver of confidentiality so the state authorities could inform other entities of the findings in the case and provide notice that N.S. presents a danger to children with whom he has unsupervised contact.  OPINION HOLDS: The juvenile court order that provided state authorities could advise “any relevant private or governmental entity in order to reasonably protect children in this community” exceeded statutory confidentiality in CINA proceedings and on remand must be limited to what statutes authorize.

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