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Case No. 20-0394

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In the Interest of N.P., Minor Child

L.B., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Lori M. Holm

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Michael Bandstra

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 07, 2020

            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. 

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