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Case No. 20-1334

In the Interest of K.P., Minor Child

M.P., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Douglas Cook

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Jessica Morton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 16, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, Kurt J. Stoebe, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (6 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his child.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the child cannot be returned to the father’s care without exposing the child to adjudicatory harm, termination is appropriate under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019).  Providing the father with additional visitation would not have changed the outcome.  Given the father’s inability to provide for the child’s care after two years, termination is in the child’s best interests and no additional time is warranted.   

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