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Case No. 20-1194

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In the Interest of C.B., Minor Child

G.B., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Harold K. Widdison

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Lesley D. Rynell

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Ida County, Mary L. Timko, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (10 pages)

            The father appeals the termination of his parental rights to C.B., claiming his consent to termination was not given voluntarily and intelligently, and the district court erred in allowing the State to orally amend the termination petition to reflect consent.  He argues termination was not in the best interest of C.B., asks for more time to work toward reunification, and contests the statutory grounds for termination.  OPINION HOLDS: The father consented to termination voluntarily and intelligently, and the court properly granted the State’s motion to amend its petition to reflect his consent.  The father failed to preserve error on his other claims.  Thus, we affirm the juvenile court’s termination of the father’s parental rights. 

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