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Case No. 21-0476

In the Interest of W.N. and G.N., Minor Children

C.B., mother-appellant

R.N., father-appellant

Phoebe and Kerry Siefken, intervenor-appellants

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Cole Mayer

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jami J. Hagemeier

Attorney for Intervenor Appellants

Andrea McGinn

Attorney for Appellee State

Natalie Deerr, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kayla Stratton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 12, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON PARENTS’ APPEALS; REVERSED AND REMANDED ON INTERVENORS’ APPEAL.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and May, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (14 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their children, and intervening grandparents appeal an order on placement and guardianship.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s termination decision.  We reverse the placement/guardianship decision and remand for waiver of the placement investigation and report pursuant to Iowa Code section 600.8(12) (2020) and for consideration of the grandparents as adoptive parents or, alternatively, for appointment of the grandparents as guardians pursuant to Iowa Code section 232D.201(1).

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