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Case No. 19-1118

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In the Interest of J.R. and D.R., Minor Children

J.R., Mother-Appellant

R.R., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Tara M. Elcock

Attorney for Appellant Father

Blake D. Lubinus

Attorney for Appellee State

Anna T. Stoeffler (until withdrawal) and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorneys General

Guardian ad Litem

M. Kathryn Miller

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 06, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Brendan Greiner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J.  (15 pages)

            A mother and father appeal the termination of their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Here, the State proved a ground for termination of the parents’ parental rights.  The record shows termination of parental rights was in the children’s best interest.  There was a material change in circumstances to support modification of the permanency order from placing the children in a guardianship to termination of parental rights with the possibility of adoption by their guardian.  Res judicata and related doctrine does not apply, and the mother’s issue on the entry of a no-contact order is moot.  For all of these reasons, we affirm the juvenile court’s order terminating each parent’s parental rights.

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