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In the Interest of W.G. and T.G., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Theodore J. Hovda
Attorney for Appellee State
Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Philip L. Garland and Carrie J. Rodriguez
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Hancock County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ. Opinion by Vogel, P.J. (6 pages)
The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to W.G., born January 2004, and T.G., born March 2002. She argues the State failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that grounds for termination exist under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2018), termination is not in the best interests of the children, and there is a strong bond between her and the children that precludes termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c). OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the State proved by clear and convincing evidence the grounds for termination of the mother’s parental rights. Additionally, termination is in the best interests of the children and any bond between the mother and children does not preclude termination.