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In the Interest of E.W., Minor Child
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Daniel Joseph Albert McGinn
Attorney for Appellant Father
Whitney A. Estwick
Attorney for Appellee Intervenor
Amy Elizabeth Garreans
Attorney for Appellee State
Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Roberta J. Megel
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Eric J. Nelson, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Bower, C.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ. Opinion by Ahlers, J. (10 pages)
A mother and father both appeal the termination of their parental rights to this child. OPINION HOLDS: The mother failed to preserve error on her claim that the State failed to prove statutory grounds for termination. Nevertheless, de novo review of the record shows statutory grounds for terminating the mother’s rights. Also, the State provided reasonable efforts prior to termination. The State proved a statutory ground for termination of the father’s rights, and the father did not preserve error on his claim that a permissive exception should preclude termination. We similarly find that the State provided the father with reasonable efforts prior to termination.