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In the Interest of I.M., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Charles E. Issacson
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Attorney for I.M.
William E. Sales III
Guardian ad litem
Terzo R. Steves
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Marion County, Steven W. Guiter, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ. Opinion by Potterfield, P.J. (11 pages)
The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child, I.M., who was born in 2007. The mother maintains there is not clear and convincing evidence to support the termination of her rights pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2017) as I.M. could be returned to her care at the time of the termination hearing. She also contends termination is not in I.M.’s best interests. OPINION HOLDS: Because I.M. could not be returned to his mother’s care at the time of the termination hearing, termination is in his best interests, and no permissive factor weighs against it, we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights to I.M.