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Case No. 18-1177

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In the Interest of J.B., M.S., and A.S., Minor Children

R.W. and S.W., Intervenors-Appellants

Attorney for Intervenors-Appellants

Nicole S. Facio

Attorney for Mother

James W. Thornton

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Shannon M. Leighty

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, Stephen A. Owen, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J.  (8 pages)

            Intervenors R.W. and S.W., relatives of three siblings, contend the department of human services failed to make reasonable efforts to keep the three siblings together.  OPINION HOLDS: We reverse and remand for the department to satisfy its statutory obligation under Iowa Code section 232.108 (2018) to make reasonable efforts to keep the siblings together as well as its statutory obligation to give preference to relatives in the placement decision.  

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