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Case No. 20-1726

In the Interest of K.D., Minor Child

R.D., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Shane P. O'Toole

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Meegan M. Keller

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 17, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jasper County, Steven J. Holwerda, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (9 pages)

            A father, Randy, appeals the termination of his parental rights to two-year-old K.D.  He contends the court should have granted him a six-month extension to work toward reunification.  He also argues the State failed to prove the grounds for termination and termination was not in the child’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: Based on ongoing concerns with the father’s substance‑abuse, mental-health, and anger-management issues, we concur with the juvenile court in denying his request for a six-month extension.  We find termination is in K.D.’s best interests.  Thus, we affirm the juvenile court’s termination order. 

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