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Case No. 20-0922

In the Interest of N.L. and E.B., Minor Children

M.F., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Lynnette M. Lindgren

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Denise McKelvie Gonyea

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 Vaitheswaran, P.J., Greer, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (5 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children N.L and E.B., born in 2018 and 2019 respectively.  The juvenile court terminated her rights pursuant to section 232.116(1)(h) and (l) (2020).  The mother does not contest that these statutory grounds have been met.  She argues the juvenile court should have established a guardianship in her brother in lieu of termination and maintains that permanency option is in the children’s best interests in part because of the strong bond the children share with her.  OPINION HOLDS: Because termination of the mother’s parental rights is in the children’s best interests, we cannot establish a guardianship in lieu of termination.  We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.

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