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In the Interest of L.B., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Father
Martha L. Cox
Attorney for Appellee State
Charles K. Phillips, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Marsha J. Arnold
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Phillip J. Tabor, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ. Tabor, J., takes no part. Opinion by McDonald, J. (4 pages)
A father appeals a dispositional order placing his child in the custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services for placement in family foster care. He challenges both the juvenile court’s grant of custody to the Department and the Department’s placement of the child in foster care. OPINION HOLDS: Because the Department was the preferable custodian, the juvenile court did not err in granting the Department custody of the child. We find that the father’s challenge to the Department’s placement of the child in foster care fails because the Department, as legal custodian of the child, has the authority to place the child in foster care.