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Case No. 20-0863

In the Interest of M.M., Minor Child

C.M., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Misty White

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Lynnette M. Lindgren

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 07, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mahaska County, Rose Anne Mefford, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (9 pages)

            The father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his daughter, M.M., born in 2014.  The father asserts (1) the court erred in terminating his parental rights, (2) the State failed to make reasonable efforts to unify him with M.M., (3) he should have been allowed an additional six months with reasonable efforts afforded to show he could resume custody and care of M.M, and (4) it is not in the best interests of M.M. to terminate the father’s parental rights because of their close bond.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the father was provided reasonable efforts in working toward reunifying with M.M., termination is in M.M.’s best interests, and an additional six months toward reunification is not warranted.  Thus, we affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights.

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