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Case No. 20-0293

In the Interest of G.C., Minor Child

E.C., Mother-Appellant

S.C., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Julie A. Forsyth

Attorney for Appellant Father

Bryan J. Tingle

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Tara M. Elcock

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 13, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Kevin Parker, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Mullins and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (3 pages)

            Parents separately appeal a permanency order transferring guardianship and custody of their child, born in 2004, to a suitable other pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.104(2)(d)(1) (2018).  Both parents argue the court should have instead directed the State to institute termination proceedings under section 232.104(2)(c).  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the juvenile court that transfer of guardianship to suitable others is the best permanency option, termination would be contrary to the child’s best interests, services were offered to alleviate the need for removal, and the child cannot be returned to the parental home.  We affirm.

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