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Case No. 20-0743

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In the Interest of C.D. and S.D., Minor Children

C.W., Father of C.D.-Appellant

K.B., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jessica J. Chandler

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Emily DeRonde

Attorney for Appellee State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Chuck Fusion

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0743
Date Published:
Aug 05, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Lynn Poschner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (7 pages)

            The mother of C.D. and S.D. and the father of C.D. separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to their children.  In his appeal, the father asserts only that his child could be returned to the mother so his rights should not be terminated.  The mother contends the ground for termination is not supported, termination is not in the children’s best interests, there exist exceptions to preclude termination, and there were not reasonable efforts made to reunify the family.  OPINION HOLDS: There is clear and convincing evidence to support termination of both parents’ parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2019).  Reasonable efforts were made, termination is in the children’s best interests, and no exceptions apply to preclude termination.  

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