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Case No. 22-0878

In the Interest of S.S. and G.S., Minor Children

K.S., Mother-Appellant

W.S., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Theodore J. Hovda

Attorney for Appellant Father

Cameron M. Sprecher

Attorney for Appellee State

Michelle R. Becker, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Jane Wright

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 31, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Hancock County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (6 pages)

            A father and mother separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to two children, born in 2018 and 2019.  Both parents (I) challenge the evidence supporting the ground for termination cited by the juvenile court; (II) argue termination was not in the children’s best interests; (III) assert termination was detrimental due to the closeness of the parent-child bond; and (IV) argue they should have been afforded six additional months to facilitate reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the juvenile court’s termination of parental rights to these two children.

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