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Case No. 23-1552

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In the Interest of C.F., C.D., and N.H., Minor Children

A.H., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Teresa M. Pope

Attorney for Appellee State

Tamara Knight, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Jami J. Hagemeier

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 10, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Romonda Belcher, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Badding and Buller, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (9 pages)

            A mother appeals a dispositional order denying modification of placement in a child-welfare case.  She argues that the juvenile court should have placed her children with their maternal grandmother instead of fictive kin.  OPINION HOLDS: We find that the juvenile court erred in considering the current placement a relative under Iowa Code section 232.2(56) (2023).  But because disrupting the children’s placement is not in their best interests, we affirm the denial of the motion to modify. 

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