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Case No. 21-0467

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In the Interest of E.H. and K.H., Minor Children

S.D., Mother-Appellant

K.H., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

David G. Baumgartner

Attorney for Appellant Father

Robert W. Winterton

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Kristin R. Schiller Herman

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 30, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Winneshiek County, Linnea M.N. Nicol, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.  Opinion by May, J.  (10 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their respective parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: The State established the statutory grounds authorizing termination, and DHS made reasonable efforts toward reunification.  Termination is in the children’s best interests.  We decline to apply Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c) (2020) to preclude termination.  The parents are not entitled to additional time to work toward reunification.  Establishment of a guardianship with the paternal grandparents was not in the children’s best interests.  The father does not have standing on post-termination placement issues.

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