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Case No. 22-1290

In the Interest J.H. and J.H., Minor Child

J.H., Father-Appellant

A.T., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Sarah Hradek

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Sara Strain Linder

Attorney for Appellee

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Anthony Haughton

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 17, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Jason A. Burns, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (13 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights.  Both argue the State failed to prove the ground for termination, termination is not in the children’s best interests, and the juvenile court should have avoided termination via a permissive exception.  The mother also asserts the juvenile court should have granted her a six-month extension.  OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review, we find the State established the ground for termination as to both parents, the children’s best interests are served by termination, and the requested permissive exception to termination does not apply.  We also find an additional six-months for the mother to work toward reunification is not warranted.   

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