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Case No. 18-1106

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In the Interest of A.W., Minor Child

J.M., Father-Appellant

K.W., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Steven L. Cooper

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Karmen R. Anderson

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Yvonne Naanep

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Joseph W. Seidlin, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (12 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to A.W., born in March 2017.  The father argues: (1) the State failed to present clear and convincing evidence of the grounds for termination, (2) termination is not in the child’s best interests, (3) statutory exceptions to termination apply, and (4) additional time for reunification should be granted.  The mother challenges only the court’s denial of a six-month extension.  OPINION HOLDS: We find by clear and convincing evidence the grounds for terminating the father’s rights, termination is in A.W.’s best interests, and no statutory exceptions to termination apply.  We decline to grant either parent an extension and affirm the decision of the juvenile court to terminate the father’s and mother’s parental rights.

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