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Case No. 20-1599

In the Interest of A.D. and S.D., Minor Children

D.D., Father-Appellant

A.L., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jeannette Keller

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Sue Kirk

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Anthony A. Haughton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 03, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Deborah Farmer Minot, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (5 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the juvenile court order terminating their parental rights to their minor children. On appeal, the mother and father each separately argue (1) the juvenile court erred by not granting additional time to work towards reunification and (2) the juvenile court erred by not declining to terminate the parents’ rights under section 232.116(3)(c) due to the closeness of the parents’ relationship with the children.  OPINION HOLDS: Based on their performance in the fifteen months since the children were originally removed, there is no indication that the reasons for removal will no longer exist after an additional six months.  As such, an extension is not warranted.  We decline to apply section 232.116(3)(c) to avoid terminating the parents’ parental rights.  We affirm on both appeals.

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