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In the Interest of X.H., T.H., and L.H., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Karen A. Taylor
Attorney for Appellee State
Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Nicole Garbis Nolan
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Rachael E. Seymour, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Mullins, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Potterfield, S.J. Opinion by Potterfield, S.J. (7 pages)
The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to three of her children, born in 2013, 2014, and 2017. The juvenile court terminated her parental rights as to all three children under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(g) and (f) (2021). Here, the mother argues the State failed to prove the children could not be returned to her care at the time of the termination hearing, the loss of her rights is not in the children’s best interests, statutory factors weigh against terminating her parental rights, and the juvenile court should have established a guardianship with the paternal grandparents instead of terminating her rights. OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights as to all three children under section 232.116(1)(f).