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Case No. 18-0947

In the Interest of M.D., K.T., G.A., E.A. and S.A., Minor Children

The mother seeks further review from a court of appeals decision that affirmed the termination of her parental rights. The court of appeals found that the juvenile court’s decision to allow the mother to take part by telephone in only part of the termination hearing was “good enough” to meet minimum due process requirements under its precedent. The court noted, however, that the better practice is to allow parental participation when reasonable and feasible.

County:
Ida

K.A., Mother-Appellant-Applicant

Attorney for Applicant Mother

Robert B. Deck

Attorney for Resister State

Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad litem

Lesley D. Rynell

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

Non-Oral

Oct 17, 2018 1:30 PM

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-0947
Date Published:
Nov 30, 2018
Date Amended:
Mar 05, 2019

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-0947
Date Published:
Aug 01, 2018
Summary

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Ida County, Patrick H. Tott, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J. (4 pages)

A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children.  OPINION HOLDS: Because the juvenile court did not abuse its discretion in denying the mother’s motion to continue the termination hearing and the termination hearing procedure was good enough to meet minimum due process requirements, we affirm.

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