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Case No. 21-0059

In the Interest of A.P., A.P., and A.P., Minor Children

P.S., Mother-Appellant

A.P., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jonathan Willier

Attorney for Appellant Father

Robert F. Bozwell Jr.

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attoney General

Guardian ad Litem

Debra A. George

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 28, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Appanoose County, William Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Doyle, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (9 pages)

            The mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their three children, born in 2010, 2012, and 2018.  The mother concedes the statutory grounds for termination were met but argues termination of her rights is not in the children’s best interests so the court should have established a guardianship in the paternal grandmother in lieu of termination.  The father challenges the statutory grounds or, in alternative, maintains he should have been given more time to work toward reunification.  He also maintains termination of his rights is not in the children’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: Upon our de novo review, we affirm the termination of both parents’ parental rights. 

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