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Case No. 22-0949

In the Interest of A.U. and J.U., Minor Children

F.B., Mother-Appellant

N.U., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kristin L. Denniger

Attorney for Appellant Father

Caleb T. Detweiler

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Anthony Haughton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 31, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Joan Black, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (13 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to the two youngest of their five children under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2022).  Claiming that cultural differences were the motivating factor in terminating their parental rights, the parents challenge each of the three steps in the termination process.  The father also claims he should have been granted more time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS:  We affirm the juvenile court’s order terminating both parents’ rights to these two children.   

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