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Case No. 20-1546

In the Interest of J.L., J.L., J.L., and J.L., Minor Children

S.L., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Christopher A. Clausen

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Mark Olberding

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 28, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Marshall County, Paul G. Crawford, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  Special concurrence by Tabor, J. (8 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights, contending termination was not in the children’s best interests, the district court should have declined to terminate her parental rights based on the parent-child bonds, and the court should have held separate permanency hearings and termination of parental rights hearings.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s termination of the mother’s parental rights to the four children that are a subject of this appeal.  SPECIAL CONCURRENCE ASSERTS: I concur with the majority in affirming the order terminating the mother’s parental rights.  But I write separately to emphasize the importance of juvenile courts reaching particular written findings for both permanency and termination of parental rights when opting to hold a combined hearing.  

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