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Case No. 20-0426

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In the Interest of N.W., Minor Child

T.N., Mother-Appellant

D.W., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Gina L. Kramer

Attorney for Appellant Father

William A. Lansing

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Patricia Reisen-Ottavi

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0426
Date Published:
Jun 17, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Thomas J. Straka, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (11 pages)

            A father and mother separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to one child.  The father does not contest any of the grounds for termination, but claims it is a due process violation under the United States and Iowa Constitution to require him to file the petition on appeal prior to receiving and reviewing the transcript of the termination hearing; DHS did not make reasonable efforts toward reunification; and the court should have granted him an extension of time to reunify with the child.  The mother claims the State failed to prove grounds for termination and DHS failed to make reasonable efforts toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: We find all of the parents’ arguments without merit and affirm.

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