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Case No. 18-1556

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In the Interest of O.C., Minor Child

S.L., Mother-Appellant

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

Opinion Number:
18-1556
Date Published:
Nov 07, 2018
Summary

            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.

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