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Case No. 20-1213

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

T.A., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Ryan D. Gerling

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Heidi D. Van Winkle

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Jennifer S. Bailey, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and May and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, P.J.  (6 pages)

            A mother appeals a permanency order entered in a child-in-need-of-assistance proceeding.  OPINION HOLDS: I. The juvenile court acted within its discretion when it refused to admit the mother’s demonstrative exhibits because they fail to meet the requirements of Iowa Rule of Evidence 5.1006.  II. Error is not preserved on the mother’s claim that the State failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify the family.  III. Based on the record before us, we are unable to find that the need for the children’s removal will be eliminated if we grant the mother more time. 

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