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Case No. 18-1290

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In the Interest of K.H. and E.H., Minor Children

K.H., Father-Appellant

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

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 19, 2018

            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. 

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