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Case No. 22-0646

In the Interest of C.N., Minor Child

T.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Melody J. Butz

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Julie Trachta

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 20, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Cynthia S. Finley, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (11 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights. She alleges the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite her with her toddler son and that termination is not in the child’s best interests because of a close parent-child bond.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the DHS did make reasonable efforts and termination is in the child’s best interests, the juvenile court properly terminated the mother’s parental rights.

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