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Case No. 19-1200

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In the Interest of R.H., Minor Child

C.H., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kyle J. McGinn

Attorney for Appellee State

Charles K. Phillips, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Sara Benson

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 23, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Charles D. Fagan, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Greer, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (7 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  She disputes some of the statutory grounds relied upon by the juvenile court, maintains termination is not in the child’s best interests, argues she should be given more time to work toward reunification, and challenges the juvenile court’s denial of her request to modify disposition to place the child with the maternal grandmother.  OPINION HOLDS: The State proved a ground for termination by clear and convincing evidence.  Termination is in the child’s best interest.  Additional time for the mother to work toward unification is not warranted.  And the mother no longer has standing to appeal the denial of the motion on placement.  We affirm.

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