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Case No. 20-0056

In the Interest of L.N., Minor Child

I.N., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Patricia Scheinost

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Marti Nerenstone

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Eric J. Nelson, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (7 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to a one-year-old child.  OPINION HOLDS: The State showed by clear and convincing evidence the statutory grounds for termination where the parent fails to maintain significant and meaningful contact with the child.  We further determine it was in the child’s best interests to terminate the father’s parental rights and move toward a permanent home.  Finally, the father waived any argument the State failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite him with the child.  We affirm the termination. 

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