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Case No. 22-1171

In the Interest of S.C., F.C., M.C., A.C., and M.C., Minor Children

M.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jessica R. Noll (until withdrawal)

Tisha Halverson

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for S.C. and Guardian ad Litem for Minor Children

Justin Reininger

Attorney for F.C., M.C., A.C., and M.C.

Lisa Mazurek

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 17, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Buena Vista County, Andrew Smith, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (10 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  She argues the State failed to offer clear and convincing evidence that her parental rights should be terminated under statutory grounds.  She also contends that termination was not in her children’s best interest and the district court should have extended her deadline for reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the findings of the juvenile court.  Because of the mother’s substance abuse and decision to hide her recent use from providers, we find statutory grounds satisfied.  These safety concerns for the children outweigh the disadvantages of terminating the parent-child relationships, and no specific reasons exist to believe such concerns will be remedied within six months.  So we affirm.

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