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Case No. 20-0185

In the Interest of L.M. and H.M., Minor Children

L.M., Father-Appellant

M.S., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jonathan Willier

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Michael S. Fisher

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Samuel K. Erhardt

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 29, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, William Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (10 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Under the facts and circumstances of this case, the State proved by clear and convincing evidence the children could not be returned to the mother’s care without a risk of adjudicatory harm at the time of the termination-of-parental-rights hearing.  Additionally, termination of the parents’ parental rights was in the children’s best interests, additional time under section 232.104(2)(b) (2019) is unjustified, and no permissive factor under section 232.116(3) overweighs the children’s need for permanency.  Accordingly, we affirm the juvenile court’s order terminating the parents’ parental rights.

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