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Case No. 22-1096

In the Interest of K.S., Minor Child

J.F., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Katherine Flickinger

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Shannon M. Leighty

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 05, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, Stephen A. Owen, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (11 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  She contends the State failed to present clear and convincing evidence of the statutory grounds for termination, that the Department of Health and Human Services did not make reasonable efforts to reunify her with the child, and the juvenile court should have determined a permissive factor precluded termination.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the findings of the juvenile court.  Because K.S.’s mother failed to embrace services to address her substance abuse and mental health, we find a statutory ground satisfied.  The DHHS acted appropriately in providing visitation services.  And no permissive factor prevented termination.  So we affirm.

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