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Case No. 21-0318

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In the Interest of Z.C., Z.C., Z.C., E.W., and E.W., Minor Children

C.W., Father of E.W. and E.W.-Appellant

K.W., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Michael L. Lindeman

Attorney for Appellant Mother

David Fiester

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Julie Trachta

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 26, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Carrie K. Bryner, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (12 pages)

            The mother of all five children and the father of the youngest two children appeal the order terminating their respective parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review, we conclude the State established statutory grounds for terminating both parents’ parental rights.  We also conclude termination of the parents’ rights is in the best interests of the children, an additional six months would not negate the need for removal, and the closeness of the parents’ relationships with the children does not overcome the need for termination due to the safety concerns involved.

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