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In the Interest of R.S. and L.S., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant
Alyssa A. Kenville
Attorney for Appellee
Chira L. Corwin
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Sac County, Joseph B. McCarville, District Associate Judge. REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH INSTRUCTIONS. Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ. Opinion by Danilson, C.J. (16 pages)
A mother appeals from the district court order denying her petition to terminate the parental rights of the father their two children. OPINION HOLDS: Because there is clear and convincing evidence the father abandoned his children, as that term is used in Iowa Code sections 600A.2(19) and 600A.8(3)(b) (2017); because the mother did not prevent the father from visiting or communicating with the children; and because termination is in the children’s best interests, we reverse the district court and remand with instructions to enter an order terminating the father’s parental rights.