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Case No. 20-1218

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In the Interest of X.A. and A.A., Minor Children

S.A., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Dean A. Fankhauser

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena and Natalie Deerr, Assistant Attorneys General

Guardian ad Litem

Lori Kolpin

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Crawford County, Mary L. Timko, Associate Juvenile Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (9 pages)

            The father appeals the termination of his parental rights, contending there is not clear and convincing evidence to support termination and, in any event, termination is not in the children’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: We find no reason to disturb the court’s findings as they are supported by clear and convincing evidence the children cannot be returned to the father’s custody at present.  After two years of juvenile court proceedings, these children deserve permanency.  Termination is in the children’s best interests.  We affirm the termination of the father’s parental rights.

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