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Case No. 22-0647

In the Interest of E.W., Minor Child

J.H., Mother-Appellant

T.W., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Daniel Joseph Albert McGinn

Attorney for Appellant Father

Whitney A. Estwick

Attorney for Appellee Intervenor

Amy Elizabeth Garreans

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Roberta J. Megel

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 29, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Eric J. Nelson, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (10 pages)

            A mother and father both appeal the termination of their parental rights to this child.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother failed to preserve error on her claim that the State failed to prove statutory grounds for termination.  Nevertheless, de novo review of the record shows statutory grounds for terminating the mother’s rights.  Also, the State provided reasonable efforts prior to termination.  The State proved a statutory ground for termination of the father’s rights, and the father did not preserve error on his claim that a permissive exception should preclude termination.  We similarly find that the State provided the father with reasonable efforts prior to termination.

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