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In the Interest of O.C., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Melody J. Butz
Attorney for Appellee State
Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Judith Jennings Hoover
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Benton County, Barbara H. Liesveld, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ. Opinion by Doyle, J. (7 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child. OPINION HOLDS: The mother’s failure to challenge the termination of her parental rights in the juvenile court constitutes the failure to preserve error and/or waiver. Even assuming the mother had preserved error or not waived her claims, clear and convincing evidence shows the DHS met its statutory “reasonable efforts” obligation under section 232.102(7) (2018), termination of the mother’s parental rights is in the child’s best interests, and none of the statutory exceptions to termination apply. We therefore affirm the juvenile court order terminating her parental rights.