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Case No. 20-1163

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In the Interest of T.M., L.M., and L.V., Minor Children

R.M., Mother-Appellant

T.M., Father of T.M. and L.M.-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Mary Baird Krafka

Attorney for Appellant Father

Monte McCoy

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Debra A. George

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Appanoose County, William Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (8 pages)

            The mother and father separately appeal the termination of parental rights as to their children, L.M. and T.M.; the mother also appeals the termination of her rights as to L.V.  The mother asks for additional time to work toward reunification, and argues the juvenile court should have established a guardianship rather than terminating her parental rights.  The father also argues that the court should have established a guardianship instead of termination.  OPINION HOLDS: Granting the mother additional time would not end the need for the children’s removal, and establishing a guardianship is not in the best interest of the children.  Thus, we affirm the juvenile court’s termination of both parents’ rights.  

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