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Case No. 22-0896

In the Interest of S.M., N.N.-M., and S.M., Minor Children

L.N., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Cameron M. Sprecher

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Theodore Hovda

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 03, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Hancock County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Badding, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (8 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to three children.  She contends the State failed to prove the statutory grounds, termination is not in the children’s best interests, a termination exception applies, and she should be given additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: Because her appeal challenges the wrong statutory ground and does not address one ground at all, she has waived any error related to those grounds.  And because she is not able to provide a safe and stable living situation for the children, we find her other challenges lack merit.  Accordingly, we affirm the termination. 

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