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Case No. 20-0035

In the Interest of F.A., Minor Child

B.C., Mother-Appellant

F.A., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Barbara J. Westphal

Attorney for Appellant Father

Cameron M. Sprecher

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Crystal Ely

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0035
Date Published:
Apr 15, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Adam D. Sauer, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Carr, S.J.  (4 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child.  OPINION HOLDS: We may affirm the termination of both the mother’s and the father’s parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019).  The record shows termination is in the child’s best interests given each parent’s lack of progress during the child-in-need-of-assistance proceedings.  The father failed to preserve error on his challenge to the reasonable-efforts requirement.  And we decline to delay permanency for six months because there is no basis for finding the need for the child’s removal would no longer exist at the end of that period.  We affirm the termination of both the mother’s and the father’s parental rights.

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