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In the Interest of R.E., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Magdalena B. Reese
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Blake D. Lubinus
Attorney for Appellee State
Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
M. Kathryn Miller
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Kevin A. Parker, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Vogel and Tabor, JJ. Opinion by Vogel, J. (9 pages)
A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights. OPINION HOLDS: Because Iowa is R.E.’s “home state,” the district court had jurisdiction over termination proceedings. Also, because of each parent’s individual pending criminal proceedings and lack of participation in visitation or other offered services, R.E. could not be returned at the time of the termination hearing. Further, termination was in the child’s best interests, no factors precluded termination, the DHS made reasonable efforts towards reunification, and a six-month extension was not warranted for either parent.