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Case No. 22-0749

In the Interest of L.F., Minor Child

B.F., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jesse A. Macro, Jr.

Attorney for Appellee Mother, C.F.

Christine E. Branstad

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Shannon M. Leighty


Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 29, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, Stephen A. Owen, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by May, P.J., and Greer and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (10 pages)

            The father of a teenaged child appeals the juvenile court’s denial of his request to close the child-in-need-of-assistance case, as recommended by the Iowa Department of Human Services—but opposed by the mother.  The juvenile court considered the motion to close the case at the permanency hearing held in March 2022, but it denied the motion.  The father timely appeals from that order.  OPINION HOLDS: Because we do not find much has changed since our earlier decision and agree with the juvenile court that “sustaining the [permanency] goal and planning for ongoing permanency under the unique circumstances of this case requires the court’s aid,” we affirm the juvenile court’s decision. 

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