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Case No. 20-0310

In the Interest of C.P., Minor Child

K.P., Mother-Appellant

J.R., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Scott A. Johnson

Attorney for Appellant Father

Elizabeth K. Johnson

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Shannon Sandy

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 13, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clay County, Andrew Smith, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Greer, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Scott, S.J.  (12 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child, born in 2018.  The mother challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the statutory ground for termination cited by the juvenile court, argues the Iowa Department of Human Services failed to make reasonable efforts at reunification, and requests a six-month extension to work toward reunification.  The father challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting termination, argues termination is contrary to the child’s best interests, questions the State’s reasonable efforts at reunification, maintains a guardianship should have been established in a relative in lieu of termination, asks for the application of statutory exceptions to termination, and requests additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of both parents’ parental rights.

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