IN THE INTEREST OF M.M. AND A.M., Minor Children, A.M., Mother, Appellant, L.M., Father, Appellant.
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, Gary P. Strausser, District Associate Judge.
A mother and father separately appeal from the termination of their parental rights.
Esther J. Dean, Muscatine, for appellant mother.
Matthew D. Hatch of Hatch Law Firm, P.C., Bettendorf, for appellant father.
Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, Kathrine S. Miller-Todd, Assistant Attorney General, Alan Ostergren, County Attorney, and Kevin McKeever, Assistant County Attorney, for appellee State.
Patricia Rolfstad, Davenport, attorney and guardian ad litem for minor children.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Danilson, JJ.
A mother and father separately appeal from the order terminating their parental rights. Upon our de novo review, see In re P.L., 778 N.W.2d 33, 40 (Iowa 2010), we affirm on both appeals.
I. Background Facts and Proceedings.
A.M. is the mother and L.M. is the father of M.M., born in 2007, and A.M., born in October 2012. The parents have a history of substance and alcohol abuse. The mother has an IQ of 63, and she has been diagnosed with mild mental retardation, major depressive disorder, and personality disorder, not otherwise specified, with paranoid and schizoid traits.
In January 2012, M.M. was removed from the parents' care and placed with a relative after it was determined the parents' substance and alcohol abuse caused them to fail to provide appropriate supervision of the child. In addition to the parents' intoxication and substance abuse, they both allowed unsafe individuals in their home and in the presence of the child. The child has since remained in the relative's care.
The parents were offered and received services to reunify them with the child, but despite multiple attempts at treatment, the parents made little to no progress. After A.M. was born, she was immediately placed in foster care because of continuing concerns for the children's safety in the parents' care.
Ultimately, the State filed a petition to terminate the parents' parental rights in June 2013. Following a hearing on the petition, the juvenile court entered its order terminating both parents' ...