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Case No. 22-0651

In the Interest of M.G., J.G., and L.G., Minor Children

R.H., Mother-Appellant

J.G., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Taryn R. McCarthy

Attorney for Appellant Father

Bridget L. Goldbeck

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kristy L. Hefel

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 15, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Thomas J. Straka, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by May, P.J., and Greer and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (10 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to three children.  The mother argues she should have been granted an additional six months toward reunification and that the strength of the bond between her and the children outweighed the need for termination.  The father also argues he should have been granted a six-month extension before termination and that termination was not in the children’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: Termination is in the children’s best interests.  The barriers to termination would not be overcome after an additional six months.  And the strength of the bond between the mother and the children does not overcome the need for termination,

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