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In the Interest of C.N., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Melody J. Butz
Attorney for Appellee State
Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Cynthia S. Finley, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ. Opinion by Tabor, J. (11 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights. She alleges the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) failed to make reasonable efforts to reunite her with her toddler son and that termination is not in the child’s best interests because of a close parent-child bond. OPINION HOLDS: Because the DHS did make reasonable efforts and termination is in the child’s best interests, the juvenile court properly terminated the mother’s parental rights.