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In the Interest of N.P.T.

IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF IOWA


January 9, 2013

IN THE INTEREST OF N.P.T., MINOR CHILD, M.L.T., MOTHER, APPELLANT.

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Ida County, Mary L. Timko, Associate Juvenile Judge.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Danilson, J.

A mother appeals the district court's order terminating her parental rights. AFFIRMED.

Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Danilson and Tabor, JJ.

Following a joint dispositional/aggravated circumstances*fn1 and termination hearing, the district court found aggravated circumstances existed such that further reasonable efforts towards reunification were waived. The court ordered the mother's parental rights to her daughter, born in November 2011, terminated pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(g) (2011) (authorizing termination where a child has been adjudicated in need of assistance, parental rights with respect to another child who is a member of the same family have been terminated previously, there is clear and convincing evidence that the parent continues to lack the ability or willingness to respond to services which would correct the situation, and an additional period of rehabilitation would not correct the situation). The mother now appeals.

We have thoroughly reviewed the record before us and come to the same conclusions as did the juvenile court. Statutory grounds for termination exist under section 232.116(1)(g): in January 2012, the mother's parental rights were terminated with respect to two older children who are half-siblings of N.P.T.; N.P.T. was adjudicated a child in need of assistance on May 22, 2012; the mother has received but failed to benefit from services*fn2 aimed at addressing her housing, employment, and mental health issues; and she has already been granted additional time to work on reunification. Moreover, the child is integrated in the pre-adoptive foster family home where her two half-siblings reside. No considerations found in Iowa Code section 232.116(3) weigh against termination. Termination will allow the child safety and permanency and is in the child's best interests. We therefore affirm. See Iowa Ct. R. 21.29(1)(a), (d), and (e).

AFFIRMED.


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