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Case No. 20-0580

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In the Interest of Z.D., Minor Child

J.M. and J.M., Intervenors-Appellants

State of Iowa, Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Intervenors

T.J. Hier

Attorney for Appellant State

Charles K. Phillips

Attorney for Appellee Intervenors

Victoria D. Noel

Guardian ad Litem

Marsha Arnold

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 07, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Phillip J. Tabor, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Blane, S.J.  Tabor, J., takes no part.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (14 pages)

            The State and intervenors appeal the juvenile court order removing the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) as the guardian of a minor child.  OPINION HOLDS: The intervenors did not preserve error on their due process claims.  We find the foster parents did not show DHS acted unreasonably or irresponsibly, or that removing DHS as the guardian was in the child’s best interests.  We reverse the decision of the juvenile court and remand for further proceedings.

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