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Case No. 22-1149

In the Interest of L.J.-K., Minor Child

J.J., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Karen A. Taylor

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kayla A.J. Stratton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 05, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Virginia Cobb, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (5 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to a child born in 2009.  She (1) challenges the evidence supporting the grounds for termination cited by the district court, including the efforts made by the department of health and human services to facilitate reunification; (2) argues termination was not in the child’s best interests; and (3) contends the court should have granted an exception to termination based on “a close bond” with family members.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the order terminating the mother’s parental rights to the child.

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