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Case No. 24-0327

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In the Interest of O.K., N.K., and A.K., Minor Children

M.A., Mother-Appellant

G.K., Father-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Shireen L. Carter

Attorney for Appellant Father

Gina E.V. Burress

Attorney for Appellee State

Mackenzie Moran, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Minor Child A.K.

Tonya A. Oetken

Attorney for Minor Children N.K. and O.K. and Guardian ad Litem

Barbara Davis

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 24, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Susan Cox, Judge.  AFFIRMED. on both appeals.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (9 pages)

            A father and a mother each appeal the termination of their parental rights.  The father challenges the statutory grounds and argues that termination is not in the children’s best interests.  The mother also raises a best-interests claim, invokes the exception for a child over ten who objects to termination, and lobbies for a guardianship.  OPINION HOLDS: Finding no merit to the parents’ claims, we affirm the order in both appeals.

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