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In the Interest of O.O., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Jessica R. Noll
Attorney for Appellee State
Anna T. Stoeffler (until withdrawal) and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorneys General
Guardian ad Litem
Marchelle M. Denker
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Stephanie Forker Parry, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ. Opinion by Doyle, J. (6 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights. OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence shows the mother failed to maintain significant and meaningful contact with the child in the six months leading up to termination or make reasonable efforts to resume care for the child despite being given the opportunity to do so. We therefore affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e) (2019). We find termination is in the child’s best interests for the same reasons, and we decline to grant the mother additional time to reunite with the child.