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In re G.C.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

May 17, 2017

IN THE INTEREST OF G.C., Minor Child, C.R., Mother, Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, Gary P. Strausser, District Associate Judge.

         The mother appeals from the order terminating her parental rights. AFFIRMED.

          Timothy K. Wink of Schweitzer & Wink, Columbus Junction, for appellant mother.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kristi A. Traynor, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State. Jeffrey L. Powell of Law Office of Jeffrey L. Powell, Washington, guardian ad litem for minor child.

          Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Doyle and McDonald, JJ.

          DOYLE, Judge.

         A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights, arguing she should have been granted additional time to work toward reunification. Upon our de novo review, see In re A.M., 843 N.W.2d 100, 110 (Iowa 2014), we affirm.

         I. Background Facts and Proceedings.

         C.R. is the mother of G.C., born in 2013.[1] She has four other living children, none of whom are in her care.[2] Three of those children were the subjects of two prior child-in-need-of-assistance (CINA) cases, in 2009 and 2011. In the first case, services were provided to the family for nine months, and the case was closed. In the second case, services were again offered, but "[i]t took [the mother] six months to start making progress." Ultimately, the permanency goal in that case was changed to having C.R.'s mother become the children's guardian. A guardianship was subsequently created in August 2012, and the CINA case was closed. C.R.'s mother is still the guardian of the three children and does not allow C.R. to see them.

         The mother has struggled with mental-health issues most of her life, and she has been prescribed medication and attended therapy off and on since she was about fifteen years old. The mother has also used illegal substances off and on since she was twelve years old. She reported she first used methamphetamine in the late '90s when she was seventeen, using

about once [per] month for a period of about a year. She then quit for three years. She started to use again [while she was married to her then husband]. For three years, they would use about twice a month. She quit again in 2003. She used for a month in 2005 and quit again.

         It is unclear whether she abused substances from 2005 to 2014, but the prior CINA cases did not concern use of illegal substances.[3]

         In December 2015, it was reported that the mother was using methamphetamine while caring for G.C. At that time, the mother was on probation for her felony forgery conviction. The mother initially denied she had used methamphetamine, but she eventually admitted her use after she tested positive for the substance. The child was placed in the care of his paternal grandmother, where he has since remained.

         The mother agreed to participate in family-centered services through the Iowa Department of Human Services (Department). She also completed a substance-abuse evaluation, and it was recommended she complete intensive outpatient treatment. She began the treatment program but was kicked out of that program shortly thereafter "because she brought someone else's urine for a [drug test]." She then completed a twenty-one day inpatient-treatment program in April 2016, but after she was released, service providers and the mother's probation officer suspected she was using again. At her probation officer's recommendation, the mother was placed in a halfway house, but then the mother ...


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