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Case No. 21-0779

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In the Interest of P.S., Minor Child

K.S., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Christine E. Branstad

Attorney for Appellee State

Natalie Deerr, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Erica Parkey

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
21-0779
Date Published:
Jan 12, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Madison County, Kevin Parker, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (16 pages)

            The mother and father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Due to ongoing concerns about the parents’ mental health and substance abuse, we find the State proved a statutory ground for termination, and we reject their requests for an additional six months for reunification.  We also reject the father’s statutory and constitutional objections to holding concurrent permanency and termination proceedings, find no abuse of discretion in denying the father’s motion to reopen the record, and conclude reasonable efforts were made to avoid out-of-home placement.

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