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Case No. 22-0210

In the Interest of S.O., Minor Child

K.O., Mother-Appellant

J.H., Jr., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Richard N. Tompkins, Jr.

Attorney for Appellant Father

Cameron M. Sprecher

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Becky E. Wilson

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 27, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Worth County, Adam D. Sauer, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Chicchelly, J.  (13 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to one child.  OPINION HOLDS: With respect to the mother, we find DHS made reasonable efforts at reunification.  As for the father, we find that the required removal timeline was satisfied, the child could not be returned to his custody, and a six-month extension was not appropriate.  Having also concluded termination was in the child’s best interests and would not be detrimental to the child, we affirm termination of each party’s parental rights.

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