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Case No. 21-1189

In the Interest of A.H. and L.H., Minor Children

S.H., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Patricia J. Lipski

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena

Guardian ad Litem

Sarah L. Wenke

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 27, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, William S. Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (12 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to two children.  The mother purports to challenge the statutory grounds for termination, maintains the Iowa Department of Human Services was deficient in its efforts to return the children to her care, and argues she should have been given additional time to work toward reunification.  Alternatively, she argues the juvenile court should have placed the children in a guardianship with their fictive kin caretaker in lieu of terminating her parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights as to both children.

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