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Case No. 21-0581

In the Interest of K.D. and K.D., Minor Children

K.G., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Elizabeth A. Ryan

Attorney for Appellee State

Natalie A. Deerr, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Paul White

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 01, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Lynn Poschner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, P.J.  (5 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her two children.  The mother argues the juvenile court erred in finding the children could not be returned to her care at the time of termination, the Iowa Department of Human Services failed to make reasonable efforts toward reunification, and termination is not in the best interests of the children due to the strong bonds with her.  OPINION HOLDS: Error was not preserved by timely notice of appeal or ineffective-assistance arguments made only in passing.  The State proved the grounds for termination pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2021).  There is clear and convincing evidence that reasonable efforts toward reunification were made and termination is in the children’s best interest.

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