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Case No. 23-1857

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In the Interest of L.H., Minor Child

L.H., Minor Child-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Minor Child

Brian T. Bappe

Guardian ad Litem

Mark Olberding

Attorney for Appellee State

Mackenzie Moran, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Appellee Mother

Katherine Flickinger

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 10, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Boone County, Ashley M. Beisch, District Associate Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.  Considered by Greer, P.J., and Ahlers and Buller, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, P.J.  (13 pages)

            A minor child who was adjudicated in need of assistance appeals the permanency ruling giving the mother an additional six months to work toward reunification; the child asks that termination proceedings be initiated immediately.  OPINION HOLDS: Because delaying permanency is not in the child’s best interests, we reverse the juvenile court’s grant of additional time to work toward reunification; we remand with directions that termination proceedings be initiated as to the mother and this minor child.  We do not disturb the permanency rulings as to the other siblings.

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