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In the Interest of M.D., K.T., G.A., E.A. and S.A., Minor Children
The mother seeks further review from a court of appeals decision that affirmed the termination of her parental rights. The court of appeals found that the juvenile court’s decision to allow the mother to take part by telephone in only part of the termination hearing was “good enough” to meet minimum due process requirements under its precedent. The court noted, however, that the better practice is to allow parental participation when reasonable and feasible.
Attorney for Applicant Mother
Robert B. Deck
Attorney for Resister State
Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Lesley D. Rynell
Oral Argument Schedule
Oct 17, 2018 1:30 PM
Supreme Court Opinion
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Ida County, Patrick H. Tott, Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ. Opinion by Doyle, J. (4 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children. OPINION HOLDS: Because the juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in denying the mother’s motion to continue the termination hearing and the termination hearing procedure was good enough to meet minimum due process requirements, we affirm.