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Case No. 21-0630

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In the Interest of C.R. and L.S., Minor Children

A.R., Mother-Appellant

J.S., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Ashley Beisch

Attorney for Appellant Father

Charles A. Schulte

Attorney for Appellee State

Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Mary Lauver

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 22, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Calhoun County, Joseph McCarville, District Associate Judge.  FATHER’S APPEAL DISMISSED; MOTHER’S APPEAL affirmed.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Greer, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (9 pages)

            The mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights.  The father’s petition on appeal was not timely filed, but he requests a delayed appeal.  The mother argues that the State did not prove that she could not resume custody of her children and that termination is not in the children’s best interests.  OPINION HOLDS: The father does not qualify for a delayed appeal, so we dismiss his appeal.  Clear and convincing evidence showed that the mother was not able to resume custody of her children at the time of termination and that termination is in the best interests of the children.  We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.

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