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Case No. 20-1096

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In the Interest of M.W., Minor Child

M.W., Father-Appellant

T.T., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Cathleen J. Siebrecht

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Sarah E. Dewein

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Yvonne C. Naanep

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Lynn Poschner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., and May and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (9 pages)

            A mother and father each appeal the juvenile court order terminating their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: There is clear and convincing evidence in the record to support termination of the mother’s parental rights, and termination is in the child’s best interests.  Additionally, it is not in the child’s best interests to provide either parent additional time to work on reunification.  Lastly, no permissive exceptions in Iowa Code section 232.116(3) (2020) should be applied to prevent termination.  We affirm the termination of the parents’ rights.

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