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In the Interest of D.D. and E.D., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Father
Attorney for Appellee State
Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Shawna L. Ditsworth
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
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.