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Case No. 21-1366

In the Interest of A.W., Minor Child

Z.T., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

John J. Sullivan

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kimberly S. Lange

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 15, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Fayette County, Linnea M.N. Nicol, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Badding, J., and Doyle, S.J.  Opinion by Doyle, S.J.  (6 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the child could not be returned to the mother’s care at the time of the termination hearing, termination is appropriate under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2021).  The mother failed to preserve a challenge to the State’s reasonable efforts to return the child to her care, and there is no basis for finding that granting the mother more time would eliminate the need for the child’s removal.  Because termination is in the child’s best interest, we affirm.

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