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Case No. 20-0422

In the Interest of M.B. and N.B., Minor Children

State of Iowa, Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Appellee Father

Roberta J. Megel

Attorney for Appellee Mother

Annie M. Rohling

Guardian ad Litem

Daniel J. McGinn

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 03, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Scott Strait, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., Mullins, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (10 pages)

            The State appeals the juvenile court’s denial of the petition to terminate the parental rights of the mother and father to N.B., born in 2016, and M.B., born in 2017.  The State challenges the juvenile court’s determination that DHS failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify these children with the mother and father and that termination is not in the children’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: Because we agree with the juvenile court that the State failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify N.B and M.B. with the mother and father, we affirm the denial of the State’s petition to terminate the parents’ rights.  As the State failed to prove the statutory grounds for termination, we do not consider whether termination is in the children’s best interests.

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