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Case No. 18-1017

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In the Interest of L.B., B.B., J.A., and A.E., Minor Children

A.E., Mother-Appellant

A.B., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kelsey Bauerly Langel

Attorney for Appellant Father

Robert B. Brock II

Attorney for Appellee State

John B. McCormally, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Meret Thali

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 01, 2018

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Plymouth County, Robert J. Dull, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by McDonald, J. (9 pages)

            Alicia and Andrew appeal the termination of their parental rights in their two children.  Alicia also appeals the termination of her parental rights in two additional children.  OPINION HOLDS: The children cannot be returned to Alicia’s care due to her persistent drug use and lack of home or employment.  Her parent-child bond with the children is not so strong as to preclude termination, and an additional six months to work toward reunification is unlikely to resolve Alicia’s parenting issues.  Andrew’s children cannot be returned to him due to his substance abuse and incarceration. 

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