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In re K.P.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

June 21, 2017

IN THE INTEREST OF K.P., Minor Child, K.S., Mother, Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Nancy S. Tabor, Judge.

         A mother appeals the juvenile court order terminating her parental rights. AFFIRMED.

          Randall L. McNaughton, Davenport, for appellant.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, Ana Dixit, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Jean Capdevila, Davenport, guardian ad litem for minor child.

          Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Bower, JJ. Tabor, J., takes no part.

          BOWER, Judge.

         A mother appeals the juvenile court order terminating her parental rights. We find there is sufficient evidence in the record to support termination of the mother's parental rights. We also find termination of her rights is in the child's best interests. We affirm the decision of the juvenile court.

         I. Background Facts & Proceedings

         K.S., mother, and R.P., father, are the parents of K.P., born in 2016. The parents have a history of substance abuse. Their parental rights to three older children were previously terminated. K.P. tested positive for methadone, opiates, and codeine when she was born. She suffered withdrawal symptoms, which required medical care after her birth. The child was removed from the mother's care on July 8, 2016, when the mother tested positive for heroin despite being in methadone treatment, and was placed in foster care.[1]

         The child was adjudicated to be in need of assistance (CINA), under Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(c)(2), (g), (n), and (o) (2016). The court noted the mother tested positive for codeine and morphine in July and August. In the dispositional order, filed on September 26, 2016, the juvenile court granted the State's motion to waive reasonable efforts, pursuant to section 232.102(12). The court found the parents had not been cooperative with drug testing or substance abuse treatment.

         The mother had a substance abuse evaluation in September and intensive outpatient treatment was recommended. The mother did not attend treatment or appear for a random drug test. She also had mental health concerns but was sporadic in attending therapy. The mother continued to participate in methadone treatment. After a permanency hearing, the juvenile court denied the parents' requests for more time to address their problems.

         On December 27, 2016, the State filed a petition to terminate the parents' rights. After a hearing, the juvenile court terminated the mother's parental rights under section 232.116(1)(d), (e), (g), (h), (i), and (l).[2] The court determined termination of the mother's parental rights was in the child's best interests. The mother now appeals.

         II. ...


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