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Case No. 20-1727

In the Interest of Z.D., Minor Child

B.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Tara M. Elcock

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Magdalena Reese

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 14, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Brendan Greiner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (22 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child, Z.D., who was born in 2015.  She contends the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify her with Z.D. so she should get additional time with requested services to work toward reunification.  She also maintains termination of her rights is not in Z.D.’s best interests and raises multiple evidentiary challenges.  OPINION HOLDS: Because DHS made reasonable efforts to reunify the mother with Z.D., termination of the mother’s parental rights is in Z.D.’s best interests, and none of the mother’s evidentiary challenges require reversal, we affirm the juvenile court’s termination of the mother’s parental rights. 

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