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Case No. 18-1070

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In the Interest of J.B. and O.B., Minor Children

B.S., Mother-Appellant

M.B., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Crystal L. Ely

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jane M. Wright

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

David A. Grooters

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Adam D. Sauer, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J.  (6 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their children.  OPINION HOLDS: On de novo review of the evidence admitted properly at the termination hearing, we conclude clear and convincing evidence supports the grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018) and delaying termination is contrary to the children’s best interests.  The record shows that in spite of the efforts made to preserve the family, the children could not be returned to the care of either the mother or the father at the time of the termination hearing.

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