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Case No. 23-0976

In the Interest of C.C., J.C., and D.C., Minor Children

County:
Pottawattamie

B.C., Father-Appellant

A.R., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

J. Joseph Narmi

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Maura C. Goaley

Attorney for Appellee State

Tamara Knight, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kristen Elizabeth Bracker

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
23-0976
Date Published:
Sep 13, 2023
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Donna Bothwell, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Greer, P.J., and Schumacher and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (10 pages)

            Parents separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to three children under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e), (f), (h), and (l) (2023).  They each claim (1) the juvenile court abused its discretion by not continuing the termination hearing, (2) the evidence did not support the grounds for termination, (3) termination is not in the children’s best interests, and (4) permissive exceptions to termination should have been applied.  The father also submits the juvenile court should have established a guardianship in the paternal grandmother.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of both parents’ rights.

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