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In the Interest of M.G., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Jill A. Cirivello
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Victoria D. Noel
Attorney for Appellee State
Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Matthew A. Quinn
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Phillip J. Tabor, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., McDonald, J., and Scott, S.J. Tabor, J., takes no part. Opinion by Scott, S.J. (7 pages)
A mother and father each appeal the juvenile court’s decision terminating their parental rights. OPINION HOLDS: We find there is sufficient evidence in the record to support termination of the parental rights of the mother and father. The court properly denied the mother’s request for additional time to work toward reunification. The State engaged in reasonable efforts to reunite the father and the child. On our de novo review, we give weight to the juvenile court’s credibility determinations. The court properly determined termination of the parents’ rights was in the child’s best interests. We affirm the decision of the juvenile court.