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Case No. 21-1510

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In the Interest of M.O., Minor Child

K.O., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Kyle Focht

Attorney for Appellee State

Gretchen Witte Kraemer, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Amy Garreans

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 02, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Charles D. Fagan, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Ahlers, P.J., Badding, J., and Gamble, S.J.  Opinion by Gamble, S.J.  (7 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.  She argues the State failed to establish a statutory ground authorizing termination, termination is not in the child’s best interest, we should apply a permissive exception to forgo termination, and she should be given additional time to work toward reunification.  OPINION HOLDS: The State established a ground for termination, and termination is in the child’s best interest.  We decline to apply a permissive exception to forgo termination and decline to grant the mother additional time to work toward reunification.

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