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Case No. 20-1736

In the Interest of M.W., J.W., and S.W., Minor Children

F.W., Mother-Appellant

D.W., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kevin J. Huyser

Attorney for Appellant Father

Tisha M. Halverson

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Shannon Sandy

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 14, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Osceola County, David C. Larson, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., Greer, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (11 pages)

            Parents separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to three children, a nine-year-old and twin seven-year olds.  They argue (1) the State failed to prove the statutory grounds for termination; (2) termination was not in the children’s best interests; (3) the juvenile court should have applied a statutory exception to forego termination; and (4) the father argues the Department of Human Services failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite him with the children.  OPINION HOLDS: We reject each of the claims, except that we find the father did not preserve error on the reasonable efforts claim. 

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