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Case No. 21-1562

In the Interest of A.D. and A.O., Minor Children

A.D., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Kevin Stinn

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

David Baumgartner

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 27, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Howard County, Linnea M.N. Nicol, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by May, P.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by May, P.J.  (6 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights.  He claims the statutory grounds authorizing termination are not met, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) failed to make reasonable efforts, and the juvenile court should have applied a statutory exception to forgo termination and establish a guardianship.  OPINION HOLDS: The State established statutory grounds for termination, and DHS made reasonable efforts towards reunification.  We decline to apply an exception to termination and establish a guardianship.

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