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Case No. 19-0731

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.

County:
Pottawattamie

C.G., Father-Appellant

D.B., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Jon J. Narmi

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Amanda J. Heims

Attorney for Appellee State

Anna T. Stoeffler

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

Non-Oral

Sep 18, 2019 9:00 AM Iowa Supreme Court

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0731
Date Published:
Sep 27, 2019

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0731
Date Published:
Aug 07, 2019
Summary

            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. 

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