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Case No. 23-1456

In the Interest of K.E., a/k/a K.W.

K.W., Mother-Appellant

N.E., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Taryn R. McCarthy

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jennifer M. Triner Olsen

Attorney for Appellee State

Dion D. Trowers, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Barbara Maness

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 21, 2023

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Kimberly K. Shepherd, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Bower, C.J., Schumacher, J., and Danilson, S.J.  Opinion by Danilson, S.J.  (10 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their respective parental rights.  The father challenges one of the statutory grounds authorizing termination, claims termination of his rights is not in the child’s best interests, requests application of a permissive exception to termination, and requests additional time to work toward reunification.  The mother challenges whether termination of her parental rights is in the child’s best interests and requests additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the father does not challenge three of the statutory grounds relied upon by the juvenile court, we find he waived error and we affirm under the unchallenged grounds.  Termination of both parents’ parental rights is in the child’s best interests.  We decline to apply a permissive exception to preclude termination of the father’s rights.  We decline to grant either parent additional time to work toward reunification.

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