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In the Interest of J.C., Minor Child
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
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.