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Case No. 22-0688

In the Interest of L.S., Minor Child

S.S., Father-Appellant

A.J., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Teresa M. Pope

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Raya Dimitrova

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Lynn Marie Vogan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 31, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (7 pages)

            The mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to L.S., who was born in early 2021. OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the juvenile court that it is not in L.S.’s best interests to give the mother additional time to work toward reunification.  As to the father—he does not challenge termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2022), termination of his rights is in L.S.’s best interests, and we cannot say the child could be in his care in six months.  We affirm the termination of each parent’s rights. 

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