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In the Interest of J.B. and J.B., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Father
Dustin D. Hite
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Peter W. Stiefel
Attorney for Appellee State
John McCormally, 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. REVERSED AND REMANDED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ. Opinion by Danilson, C.J. (7 pages)
A father and a mother separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their two children, Ja.B., born in August 2012, and Jo.B., born in February 2016. OPINION HOLDS: The juvenile court abused its discretion in failing to continue the permanency and termination hearing in light of the parents’ absence and nonrepresentation by counsel. We reverse the termination of parental rights.