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Case No. 21-1781

In the Interest of G.C. and R.C., Minor Children

R.C., Mother-Appellant

S.C., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Denise M. Gonyea

Attorney for Appellant Father

Lynnette M. Lindgren

Attorney for Appellee State

Toby J. Gordon, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Nicole Steddom

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 27, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mahaska County, Rose Anne Mefford, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Greer, P.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (11 pages)

            R.H.C. and S.C., mother and father, appeal from the termination of their parental rights to two children, R.C. and G.C.  The father challenges whether the State made reasonable efforts to reunify him with his children, and the mother argues termination is not in the children’s best interests and she should have been granted a six-month extension.  OPINION HOLDS: The father did not preserve error to his challenge.  The mother did not preserve error as to a six-month extension and termination of her parental rights is in the children’s best interests. 

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