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Case No. 22-0979

In the Interest of D.B. and D.B., Minor Children

M.B., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jessica R. Noll

Attorney for Appellee State

Diane Murphy Smith, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Jesse Scott

Attorney for Minor Children

Molly Vakulskas Joly

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 31, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Stephanie Forker Parry, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (8 pages)

            The father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his two sons.  He argues the evidence cited by the district court was insufficient to terminate his rights, termination was not in the children’s best interests due to their close bond, and he should be allowed six months to achieve reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: Because there is sufficient evidence of the father’s active methamphetamine addiction and high risk of relapse, the disadvantages of terminating the parent-child relationships are outweighed by safety concerns for the children, and no specific reasoning exists to believe that such concerns will be remedied within six months, we affirm.

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