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Case No. 22-1443

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

County:
Polk

T.D., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Austin Jungblut

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Paul White

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
22-1443
Date Published:
Nov 17, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Ahlers and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (5 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  She challenges the statutory grounds for termination as to her older child and requests additional time to work toward reunification with the child.  As to her younger child, the mother argues if we reverse the termination of the older child, then we should also reverse as to the younger child to keep them together.  OPINION HOLDS: The statutory grounds authorizing termination of the mother’s parental rights to the older child are met, and we deny the mother’s request for additional time to work toward reunification.  As to the younger child, a condition of the mother’s argument is not met because we affirm the termination of the mother’s rights to the older child. 

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