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Case No. 20-0832

In the Interest of K.O., Minor Child

A.O., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Thomas Hurd

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Sarah Elizabeth Dewein

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 02, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Susan Cox, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (4 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to a child born in 2018.  He contends (1) “[t]he District Court failed to apply the clear and convincing evidence standard when finding the underlying facts in its decision to terminate parental rights as required by Iowa Code 232.117(2) and (3)” (2019) and (2) the State failed to prove “a nexus between [his] struggles and his ability and willingness to be a safe parent.”  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights. 

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