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Case No. 19-1679

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In the Interest of J.C., Minor Child

K.B., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kristin L. Denniger

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Julie F. Trachta

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 18, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Cynthia S. Finley, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J.  (4 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child.  OPINION HOLDS: The State proved the grounds for termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(h) (2019) where clear and convincing evidence shows the child could not be returned to the mother’s care at the time of the termination hearing because of her ongoing substance use.  Because the mother’s substance use prevents her from providing the child a safe and permanent home, termination is in the child’s best interests.

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