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Case No. 20-0945

In the Interest of J.G. and S.G., Minor Children

R.G., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Robert F. Bozwell, Jr.

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Sam Erhardt

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 21, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, William Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (5 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his children.  He contends: (1) the State failed to prove “the children could not be returned to [him] at the time of the termination of parental rights hearing or within a reasonable period of time thereafter”; (2) termination of his parental rights was not in the children’s best interests”; (3) he should have been afforded additional time to work toward reunification; and (4) the juvenile court  “abused its discretion in failing to grant the father’s motion to continue the termination hearing to a later date.”  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights to the children.

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