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Case No. 20-0153

In the Interest of R.W., Minor Child

L.W., Father-Appellant

P.W., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Joseph P. Vogel

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Penny B. Reimer

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Shireen Carter

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 01, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Madison County, Brendan Greiner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (6 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal from an order terminating their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence shows the child could not be returned safely to either parent’s care at the time of the termination hearing.  Because the continued offer and receipt of services for an additional six months will not remedy the concerns that brought the child to the court’s attention, an extension of time is unwarranted.  Considering the child’s safety and need for a permanent home, termination is in the child’s best interests.  

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