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Case No. 24-0231

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In the Interest of Y.G. and D.G., Minor Children

N.G., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Teresa M. Pope

Attorney for Appellee State

Mackenzie Moran, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Jami J. Hagemeier

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 08, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Romonda Belcher, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (6 pages)

            The mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her two children.  OPINION HOLDS: The mother did not challenge termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) (2023), so we summarily conclude there is clear and convincing evidence for termination under that section.  Termination is in the children’s best interests because of the mother’s inability to provide these children with safety and a permanent home.  The permissive exception in section 232.116(3)(a) is inapplicable because the children are not in the legal custody of a relative, and we do not find that the need for termination will no longer exist in six months.  We affirm.

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