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Case No. 22-1685

In the Interest of K.M., K.M., and K.M., Minor Children


S.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Alexander S. Momany

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Julie Gunderson Trachta

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 07, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Carrie K. Bryner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Ahlers and Buller, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (4 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  She argues the court should have applied an exception to preclude termination and instead establish a guardianship.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother failed to preserve error on her claims.  Moreover, the first exception she cites is not applicable.  And the record does not support her contention that she has parent-child bonds with the children strong enough to preclude termination.  Because termination is proper, we cannot establish a guardianship.

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