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Case No. 20-1001

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In the Interest of D.D. and E.D., Minor Children

K.D., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Bethan Brands

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Shawna L. Ditsworth

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clay County, Andrew Smith, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (6 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his children, contending (1) the State failed to prove the grounds for termination; (2) termination was not in the children’s best interests; (3) the district court should have invoked certain exceptions to termination; (4) the district court should have granted him six additional months to obtain a custody modification order and (5) the district court violated the Equal Protection Clauses of the United States and Iowa Constitutions.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm termination of the father’s parental rights to his children.

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