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Case No. 20-1608

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

N.S., Mother-Appellant

S.S., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Terzo R. Steves

Attorney for Appellant Father

Bryan J. Tingle

Attorney for Appellee State

Toby J. Gordon, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Nicole Garbis Nolan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 17, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Lynn Poschner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (11 pages)

            Parents separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their two children, born in 2015 and 2020.  They contend the State failed to prove grounds for termination.  They argue termination is not in the children’s best interests and that permissive factors preclude termination.  The parents also ask for more time.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the State presented sufficient evidence to support termination of the parents’ parental rights and that termination is in the best interest of the children.  We decline to apply any permissive factor to avoid termination.  We reject the parents’ request for more time.  We therefore affirm the juvenile court’s termination of the parents’ parental rights to their two children.

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