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Case No. 22-0635

In the Interest of C.A., and J.A.-K., Minor Children

S.A., Father-Appellant

J.K.A., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Larry J. Pettigrew

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Dusty Lea Clements

Attorney for Appellee State 

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Meegan M. Keller

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 29, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jasper County, Steven J. Holwerda, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (5 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to two children, contending (1) termination was not in the children’s best interests; (2) guardianship with the paternal grandparents was the better option; and (3) the district court should not have terminated their parental rights in light of the bond they shared with the children as well as the children’s placement with a relative.  The mother additionally asserts she should have been afforded an additional six months to facilitate reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the parents’ rights to the two children.

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