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Case No. 22-0493

In the Interest of B.M., Minor Child

T.H., Mother-Appellant

T.M., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Rebecca Williams

Attorney for Appellant Father

Mark D. Fisher

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Robin Lynn O'Brien Licht

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 11, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Carrie K. Bryner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Schumacher, J., and Doyle, S.J.  Opinion by Doyle, S.J.  (6 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their child.  OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence shows the child cannot be returned to the mother’s care due to her unresolved issues with substance use, satisfying the grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2021).  And termination of both the mother’s and the father’s parental rights is in the child’s best interests.

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