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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
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.