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Case No. 21-1248

In the Interest of C.S., Minor Child

E.L., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Danielle M. Ellingson

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Cynthia Schuknecht

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 16, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mitchell County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS.  Considered by May, P.J., Schumacher and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (16 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child, arguing termination is contrary to the child’s best interests, statutory exceptions should be applied to preclude termination, and permanency should be accomplished through either the establishment of a guardianship in the maternal grandmother or another planned permanent living arrangement.  OPINION HOLDS: We reverse the decision of the juvenile court terminating the mother’s parental rights and remand for dismissal of the petition and the entry of a permanency order consistent with this opinion.

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