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Case No. 23-1755

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In the Interest of A.S., Minor Child

K.S., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Patricia J. Lipski

Attorney for Appellee State

Tamara Knight, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Samuel K. Erhardt

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 10, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, Richelle Mahaffey, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Greer, P.J., and Ahlers and Buller, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, P.J.  (9 pages)

            A mother appeals the termination of parental rights to her child.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother waived her challenge to the reasonable efforts of the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate reunification by not raising it prior to appeal, and we do not find that the department should offer six more months of services.  We also decline to order a guardianship instead of termination and find that the mother has failed to demonstrate that the strength of her bond with the child makes termination not in the child’s best interests.  We affirm.

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