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Case No. 23-1916

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In the Interest of A.V., A.V.-N., A.V., and S.C., Minor Children

M.V.-C., Mother-Appellant

J.C., Father of S.C.-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Sara E. Benson

Attorney for Appellant Father

J. Joseph Narmi

Attorney for Appellee State

Mackenzie Moran, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

William Early

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 24, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Shelby County, Charles D. Fagan, Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (16 pages)

            A mother and a father (J.C.) separately appeal the termination of their parental rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Because after our de novo review of the record we conclude that a statutory ground for termination was met as to each child and the mother has waived her challenges to reasonable efforts and the best interests of the children, we affirm the termination of her parental rights.  We also affirm the termination of J.C.’s parental rights to S.C., holding that a statutory ground for termination was proved by clear and convincing evidence, termination is in S.C.'s best interests, the department made reasonable efforts at reunification, and the strength of J.C.’s bond with S.C. does not overcome the advantage of termination.

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