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Case No. 20-1032

In the Interest of A.B. and I.B., Minor Children

A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her children.


Y.B., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Mother

William P. Baresel

Attorney for Appellee State

Ellen Ramsey-Kacena, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Patrick J. Rourick

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Feb 16, 2021 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 12, 2021

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 04, 2020

            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.

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