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Case No. 20-1436

In the Interest of S.C. and S.C., Minor Children

S.P., Mother-Appellant

C.C., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jeremy M. Evans

Attorney for Appellant Father

Cole J. Mayer

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kayla A. Stratton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 17, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by May, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (14 pages)

            The mother of two children, born in 2016 and 2018, appeals the termination of her parental rights.  The father of the older child separately appeals the termination of his parental rights.  The mother and father each claim the State failed to prove grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2020) and argue termination of their rights is not in the best interests of their respective child or children.  Because of their strong bond, the father also contends a statutory exception should be applied to save the parent-child relationship.  Alternatively, the father requests another six months as an alternative to termination or that the guardianship and custody of the child be transferred to the paternal grandfather in Colorado.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of both parents’ parental rights. 

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