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In the Interest of J.M. and L.M., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Attorney for Appellee State
Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Tara M. Elcock
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
No. 22-0514 IN RE J.M.
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Madison County, Kevin Parker, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ. Opinion by Badding, J. (12 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her two children under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e) and (l) (2021). She attacks each of the three steps in the termination framework, argues the court should have exercised the less-restrictive alternative involving placing the children in the father’s custody, and asserts she should have been granted more time to work toward reunification. OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.