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Case No. 19-1033

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In the Interest of I.T., Minor Child

M.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jamie L. Schroeder

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Melissa Anderson-Seeber

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 11, 2019

            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. 

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