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In the Interest of C.A., and J.A.-K., Minor Children
Attorney for Appellant Father
Larry J. Pettigrew
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Dusty Lea Clements
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Meegan M. Keller
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jasper County, Steven J. Holwerda, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ. Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (5 pages)
A mother and a father separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to two children, contending (1) termination was not in the children’s best interests; (2) guardianship with the paternal grandparents was the better option; and (3) the district court should not have terminated their parental rights in light of the bond they shared with the children as well as the children’s placement with a relative. The mother additionally asserts she should have been afforded an additional six months to facilitate reunification. OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the termination of the parents’ rights to the two children.