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Case No. 20-1005

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In the Interest of A.M. and K.M., Minor Children

J.M., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jeremy M. Evans

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Penny B. Reimer

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Madison County, Brendan Greiner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., and May and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (9 pages)

            A father appeals the termination of his parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: We reject the father’s request for guardianship as a permanency option and find his reasonable-efforts argument is unpreserved.  We find termination is in the best interest of A.M. and K.M. and that placing custody and guardianship with DHS for a pre-adoptive placement decision is in the children’s best interest.

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