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Case No. 22-0004

In the Interest of M.G. and S.R., Minor Children

State of Iowa, Appellant

Katie Reidy Abel, Guardian ad Litem-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Katie Reidy Abel

Attorney for Appellee Father of M.G.

Mark J. Neary

Attorney for Father of S.R.

Brian James Metcalf

Attorney for Mother

Lanny M. Van Daele

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 13, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cedar County, Gary P. Strausser, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Chicchelly, J.  (5 pages)

            A guardian ad litem and the State of Iowa appeal the order denying a petition to terminate parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Given the children’s need for permanency, their best interests are served by terminating parental rights to allow adoption by their maternal aunt rather than placing the children in a long-term guardianship with her.

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