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Case No. 23-1083

In the Interest of J.F. and J.F., Minor Children


J.F., Mother-Appellant

R.F., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Annette F. Martin

Attorney for Appellant Father

Eric Nelson

Attorney for Appellee State

Tamara Knight, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kimberly Ann Opatz

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 13, 2023

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Cynthia S. Finley, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Greer, P.J., and Schumacher and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (11 pages)

            A father and mother separately appeal the order terminating their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: The father did not preserve his reasonable-efforts claim.  But even if we were to consider his claim, he has not shown the State failed to engage in reasonable efforts to reunite him with the children.  There is clear and convincing evidence in the record to support termination of the mother’s parental rights, termination of her parental rights is in the children’s best interests, and an exception to termination should not be applied.  We affirm the decision of the district court on both appeals.

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