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Case No. 22-0546

In the Interest of A.G. and A.T., Minor Children

R.G.-F., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Lynnette M. Lindgren

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Nicole Steddom

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 15, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mahaska County, Rose Anne Mefford, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (14 pages)

A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to two children.  OPINION HOLDS: We determine sufficient evidence exists to support the statutory ground for termination relied on by the juvenile court, termination is in the best interest of the children, and a permissive exception should not be applied to preclude termination.  We further conclude that the Iowa Department of Human Services made reasonable efforts to reunite the family.  Finally, an extension of time for reunification efforts is not warranted.  Accordingly, we affirm the juvenile court. 

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