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Case No. 20-1674

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

T.H., Father of S.H.-Appellant

M.G., Father of S.G.-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father T.H.

Andrea B. McGinn

Attorney for Appellant Father M.G.

David Barajas

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Magdalena Reese

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 18, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Greer, J., and Mahan, S.J.  Opinion by Mahan, S.J.  (9 pages)

            Two fathers separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their children.  The father of S.H. claims termination was not in his child’s best interests and the juvenile court erred by not placing the child in a guardianship with the paternal grandmother.  The father of S.G. contends termination was not in his child’s best interests and the State failed to prove the grounds for termination cited by the juvenile court.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm on both appeals.  

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