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In the Interest of M.C., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Raya D. Dimitrova
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Schumacher, JJ. Opinion by Tabor, P.J. (6 pages)
A mother, Tiana, appeals the termination of her parental rights to her fourth child, M.C. She argues the State failed to present clear and convincing evidence to support the statutory basis for terminating her rights. OPINION HOLDS: Because Tiana refuses to address her substance-abuse issues, is not forthcoming about domestic abuse possibilities, refuses to engage in individual therapy and has not cooperated with DHS workers, we find that Tiana is unwilling to respond to services. Also, after viewing the record as a whole, we find clear and convincing evidence that more time for rehabilitation would not fix the problems with Tiana’s parenting.