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Case No. 22-0076

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In the Interest of T.D. and A.C., Minor Children

A.W., Mother-Appellant

A.C., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Jennifer Triner Olsen

Attorney for Appellant Father

J. David Zimmerman

Attorney for Appellee State

Dion D. Trowers, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Victoria D. Noel

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
22-0076
Date Published:
Mar 30, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Kimberly K. Shepherd, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by May, P.J., and Schumacher and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by May, P.J.  (5 pages)

            A mother and father separately appeal the termination of their respective parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Neither parent challenges the statutory grounds authorizing termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(d) (2021), so they waived error and the court affirms on that ground.  Termination is in the children’s best interests and neither parent’s bond with their respective children is so strong to preclude termination.  The juvenile court never ruled on the mother’s request to establish a guardianship as an alternative to termination, so it is not preserved for our consideration.

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