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Case No. 21-0783

In the Interest of J.W. and D.C, Minor Children

S.W., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kyle D. Massner

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Travis Inghram

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 18, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Louisa County, Emily Dean, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer, J. and Doyle, S.J.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (6 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to J.W. and D.C., born in 2010 and 2016, respectively.  The juvenile court terminated the mother’s parental rights to both children under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(d), (e), (f), (g), (i), and (l) (2021).  The mother challenges some of the statutory grounds, asks for a six-month extension to work toward reunification, argues termination is not in the children’s best interest because of the bond they share with her, and argues for a guardianship in the maternal grandmother in lieu of termination.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.

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