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Case No. 23-1865

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In the Interest of N.S., Minor Child


J.C., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Christopher J. Foster

Attorney for Appellee State

Mackenzie Moran, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Mark J. Neary

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 27, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, Gary P. Strausser, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Greer, P.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (6 pages)

            A mother appeals from a dispositional order in a child-in-need-of-assistance proceeding.  She challenges the juvenile court’s denial of her motion to reopen the adjudicatory record to allow the child at issue to testify.  She also challenges the juvenile court’s decision to place custody of the child with the father and denial of her motion to change service providers.  OPINION HOLDS: The juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in denying the motion to reopen the record.  Placing custody of the child with the father is in the child’s best interests.  There is no need to change service providers because the service provider is providing services and not hindering the reasonable-efforts mandate.

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