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In the Interest of N.P., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Lori M. Holm
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, Rachael E. Seymour, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Greer, JJ. Opinion by Tabor, P.J. (9 pages)
A mother, Louise, appeals the termination of her parental ties to her daughter, contending the record included insufficient evidence to show she lacked the ability to respond to services and termination is not in the child’s best interests. OPINION HOLDS: Because the record shows Louise’s lack of insight into her involvement with unsafe individuals and her inability to benefit from substance‑abuse treatment, we find clear and convincing evidence to allow termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(g) (2020). Placing emphasis on the child’s safety, we also find termination is in the child’s best interests. We affirm.