In the Interest of T.G., N.G., A.G., and J.G., Minor Children
The State seeks further review after the court of appeals reversed the juvenile court’s termination of both parents’ parental rights. The State contends the court of appeals erred in concluding the children could be safely returned to the mother and termination of the father’s rights was not in the children’s best interests when all of the professionals involved in the case recommended termination. The State further contends the court of appeals erred by abandoning precedent that the adjudicatory risks sufficient to support termination may be entirely different from the risks that led to the children’s removal.
Attorney for Appellant Father
Jon J. Narmi
Attorney for Appellant Mother
Amanda J. Heims
Attorney for Appellee State
Anna T. Stoeffler
Oral Argument Schedule
Sep 18, 2019 9:00 AM Iowa Supreme Court
Supreme Court Opinion
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Scott Strait, District Associate Judge. REVERSED AND REMANDED ON BOTH APPEALS. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ. Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (8 pages)
A father and mother separately appeal the termination of their parental rights to four children. OPINION HOLDS: With regard to the mother, we conclude the State failed to prove the grounds for termination. With regard to the father, we conclude termination was not in the children’s best interests. We reverse the termination decision as to both parents and remand for further proceedings.