IN THE INTEREST OF C.C., Minor child, W.C., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Phillip J.
Tabor, District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the district court's transfer of her child
from her care to the custody of the department of human
David Zimmerman, Clinton, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
P. Donnelly of Mayer, Lonergan & Rolfes, Clinton,
guardian ad litem for minor child.
A. Kroeger, LeClaire, attorney for minor child.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Bower,
VAITHESWARAN, Presiding Judge.
mother appeals the district court's modification of a
dispositional order, the effect of which was to transfer her
child from her care to the custody of the department of human
Background Facts and Proceedings
thirteen-year-old child who lived with his mother exhibited
aggressive and out-of-control behaviors at school and at
home. The department determined he was "in need of
treatment to cure or alleviate serious mental illness"
and the mother was "unwilling to provide such
State filed a child-in-need-of-assistance petition. The
child's guardian ad litem found the child "had not
been attending school for some time" and "was
exhibiting very inappropriate and aggressive behaviors"
when he attended school. He also reported that the child
might "have a history of being abusive towards his
district court adjudicated the child in need of assistance,
reasoning the mother needed help in meeting his needs. The
court did not remove the child from her custody.
after the adjudication, the guardian ad litem reported
"there [was] a significant level of risk involved in the
current placement, " given the child's "lack of
self-control." Nonetheless, he declined to recommend
immediate removal because the mother was complying with
services and had executed a voluntary safety plan that
required constant supervision of the child. The district
court entered ...