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Case No. 21-0375

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

E.J., Mother-Appellant

J.C., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Arielle M. Lipman

Attorney for Appellant Father

Lisa A. Allison

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Magdalena B. Reese

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 01, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Kimberly Ayotte, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Greer, J., and Doyle, S.J.  Opinion by Doyle, S.J.  (6 pages)

            A mother and a father appeal the termination of their parental rights to their children.  OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence shows the children cannot be returned to either parent’s care as required to terminate under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2020).  Termination is in the children’s best interests, and the parents have failed to show termination would be detrimental due to the closeness of the parent-child bond.

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