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Case No. 20-0880

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In the Interest of W.L., Minor Child

W.L., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Ryan J. Mitchell

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith Lambert, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Mary Baird Krafka

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 02, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, William Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (7 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental right to his minor child.  On appeal, the father argues: (1) he should be given additional time to work toward reunification; (2) terminating the father’s parental rights is not in W.L.’s best interest; and (3) the juvenile court should have placed W.L. in the guardianship of W.L.’s paternal grandmother instead of terminating the father’s parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: The juvenile court properly declined to grant the father a six-month extension.  The juvenile court further correctly concluded termination is in W.L.’s best interest.  Finally, the record indicates the grandmother is not a suitable placement for W.L.  We affirm.

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