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Case No. 22-0514

In the Interest of J.M. and L.M., Minor Children

J.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Bryan Webber

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Tara M. Elcock

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 29, 2022

No. 22-0514   IN RE J.M.

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Madison County, Kevin Parker, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (12 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her two children under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e) and (l) (2021).  She attacks each of the three steps in the termination framework, argues the court should have exercised the less-restrictive alternative involving placing the children in the father’s custody, and asserts she should have been granted more time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights. 


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