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In the Interest of K.H. and E.H., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Father
David R. Fiester
Attorney for Appellee State
Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Kim A. Opatz
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Susan Flaherty, Associate Juvenile Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ. Opinion by Tabor, P.J. (6 pages)
A father appeals from the termination of his parental rights to two children. He contends the State did not prove the children could not be returned to his custody and termination was not in the children’s best interests because of their strong attachment to him. OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review, we find the father has made little progress in addressing the concerns that initially led to removal of the children. The father conceded the children could not be returned to his care, but an extension also would be inappropriate. The children’s best interests are served by termination of the father’s parental rights and likely adoption by the paternal grandparents.