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Case No. 21-1679

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In the Interest of J.S., M.S., and A.S., Minor Children

J.S., Father-Appellant

S.G., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Debra S. De Jong (until withdrawal)

Jessica R. Noll

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Bethany Brands

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Lisa K. Mazurek

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 16, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clay County, Andrew J. Smith, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Chicchelly, J.  (9 pages)

            A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to three children.  OPINION HOLDS: Clear and convincing evidence establishes the grounds for terminating parental rights.  Additional visitation would not have impacted the State’s burden of proving the children cannot be returned to either parent’s care, and we cannot find the need for removal will no longer exist if the parents are granted six more months to attempt to remedy their deficiencies.  Because the children’s best interests require termination, we affirm.

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