In the Interest of A.B. and I.B., Minor Children
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children.
Attorney for Appellant Mother
William P. Baresel
Attorney for Appellee State
Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General
Guardian ad Litem
Patrick J. Rourick
Oral Argument Schedule
Feb 16, 2021 1:30 PM
Supreme Court Opinion
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mitchell County, Karen Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Ahlers, JJ. Opinion by Doyle, J. Dissent by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (7 pages)
A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children. OPINION HOLDS: The State proved the grounds for termination under section 232.116(1)(f) and (h) (2019) because the children cannot be returned to the mother’s care without exposing the children to harm. The children’s best interests require terminating the mother’s parental rights, and none of the circumstances set forth in section 232.116(3) exist. DISSENT ASSERTS: Because the mother made marked improvements in her compliance with department expectations notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, I would reverse the termination decision and remand for further proceedings.