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Case No. 21-1770

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In the Interest of S.C., Minor Child

A.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Rebecca L. Petig

Attorney for Appellee State

Gretchen Witte Kraemer, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Lynnette Lindgren

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 02, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mahaska County, Rose Anne Mefford, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (11 pages)

            A mother appeals from the termination of her parental rights.  She argues the State did not prove the statutory grounds for termination, the State did not make reasonable efforts to reunify her with the child, the juvenile court should have granted her a six-month extension, and termination is not in the best interests of the child.  OPINION HOLDS: The State provided clear and convincing evidence the mother and child could not be reunified at the time of the termination hearing.  The mother never requested additional services.  The mother did not prove that reunification would be possible after six additional months.  Termination is in the child’s best interests. 

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