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Case No. 22-0573

In the Interest of C.M., R.M., and A.M., Minor Children

C.M., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Heidi Marie Miller

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney and Guardian ad Litem for Minor Child C.M.

Jeremy M. Evans

William E. Sales

Attorney and Guardian ad Litem for Minor Child R.M.

Bridget M. Bott

Emily Kathleen Deronde

Attorney and Guardian ad Litem for Minor Child A.M.

Adrienne Rose Loutsch

Marshall William Orsini

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 05, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (5 pages)

            A father appeals a district court order terminating his parental rights to three children.  He contends (1) the State did not prove the grounds for termination cited by the court; (2) termination was not in the children’s best interests; (3) the court should have granted an exception to termination based on the parent-child bond; (4) he should have been afforded additional time to facilitate reunification; and (5) the court should have granted the district court concurrent jurisdiction to allow the children’s mothers to obtain appropriate custody orders.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the order terminating the father’s parental rights to his three children.

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