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Case No. 22-0958

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


M.P., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Martin W. Davison

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kelly Steele

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 19, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jones County, Joan M. Black, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (6 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights.  He challenges the statutory grounds authorizing termination, argues termination is not in the children’s best interests, and requests we apply an exception to termination and establish guardianships for the children.  OPINION HOLDS: The statutory ground authorizing termination is satisfied.  Termination is in the children’s best interests, so we decline to apply an exception to termination or to establish guardianships as an alternative to termination.

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