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Case No. 20-0725

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In the Interest of D.W. and T.W., Minor Children

M.W., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Trent A. Henkelvig

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Joshua P. Schier

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 07, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Jennifer S. Bailey, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and May and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (6 pages)

            A father appeals the juvenile court’s decision to terminate his parental rights to his two sons after four years of the involvement of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS).  He contends 1) the children could have returned to his care in six months, 2) the State failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite his family, and 3) a guardianship is the better alternative.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the DHS has been involved with his family for over four years and has already made numerous efforts for reunification, we find no merit to his claims now.  And because of the children’s need for permanency, we do not prefer placing them in a guardianship.  We affirm. 

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