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In re the Interest of A.R. and A.R., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Attorney for Appellee State
Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Poweshiek County, Rose Anne Mefford, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ. Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J. (6 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to two children, contending (A) the department failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite her with the children; (B) termination is not in the children’s best interests; (C) she should have been afforded an additional six months to work toward reunification; and (D) the district court should not have terminated her parental rights because the children were placed with relatives. OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review of the record, we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights to the children.