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Case No. 19-1064

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In the Interest of L.C. and K.C., Minor Children

E.C., Mother-Appellant

S.E., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Anne M. Rohling

Attorney for Appellant Father

Kyle J. McGinn

Attorney for Appellee State

Anagha Dixit, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Marti Nerenstone

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 21, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Scott Strait, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (7 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to two children.  The mother challenges the statutory ground for termination, but the father concedes the State proved the grounds as to him.  He argues it was not in the children’s best interests to terminate his rights.  Finally, he contends the court should have given him more time to reunify with the children.  OPINION HOLDS: On de novo review, we conclude the State proved the statutory ground for terminating the mother’s rights.  The State also showed it was in the children’s best interests to terminate the father’s rights.  Finally, there were no grounds to support granting the father additional time.  We affirm. 

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