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Case No. 21-0675

In the Interest of T.F.-G., Minor Child

G.G., Father-Appellant

R.F., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Gina E.V. Burress

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Karen A. Taylor

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Magdalena Reese

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 01, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Mark F. Schlenker, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by May, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (10 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to a five-year-old child.  They contend the State failed to prove the statutory grounds and termination was not in the child’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: Because of the parents’ persistent substance-abuse problems—as shown by the parents and child testing positive for methamphetamine and amphetamines one month after returning to their custody—they are not able to resume custody at the present time.  And the evidence in the record does not establish that termination would be detrimental to the child due to the parent-child bond.  Therefore, we affirm on both appeals. 

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