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Case No. 23-1416

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In the Interest of Z.F., L.F., and A.F., Minor Children

K.F., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Emily DeRonde

Attorney for Appellee State

Mackenzie Moran, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Lynn Vogan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 27, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Romonda D. Belcher, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (17 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her three children.  OPINION HOLDS: Because we find there was clear and convincing evidence of the statutory ground for termination in Iowa Code 232.116(1)(f) and (h) (2023), the best interests of the children are best served by termination, the permissive exception does not preclude termination, and the department met the active-efforts requirement under the Indian Child Welfare Act, we affirm the termination of the mother’s parental rights.  The mother did not preserve error on her request for six additional months.

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