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Case No. 20-0306

In the Interest of A.C., Minor Child

M.B., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Joshua T. Cobie

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Jack E. Dusthimer

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 15, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Christine Dalton, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (7 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  She argues termination of her parental rights is not in the child’s best interest.  She also argues the child’s placement with a relative and the closeness of her bond with the child should preclude termination or at least warrant a guardianship instead.  OPINION HOLDS: Termination is in the child’s best interest and the permissive exceptions of section 232.116(3) do not justify avoidance of termination in favor of a guardianship.  We affirm.

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