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In the Interest of I.T., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Jamie L. Schroeder
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F. Staudt, Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Greer, J., and Carr, S.J. Opinion by Carr, S.J. (6 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child. OPINION HOLDS: I. Clear and convincing evidence establishes the elements for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2018) because the mother’s substance use remained a concern at the time of the termination hearing. II. Because the mother cannot provide the child with the permanency or care the child needs, termination is in the child’s best interests. III. We decline to delay termination because the evidence does not indicate the need for removal will no longer exist at the end of that six-month period.