IN THE INTEREST OF N.F. and Z.M., Minor Children, A.G., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Joseph W.
Seidlin, District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to two
L. Corwin of Corwin Law Firm L.L.C., Des Moines, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Ana Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
M. Pattison of Drake Legal Clinic, Des Moines, guardian ad
litem for minor children.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Mullins, JJ.
mother, Alexis, appeals from a juvenile court order
terminating her parental rights to two children-N.F., born in
2012, and Z.M., born in 2013.Alexis challenges the sufficiency
of the State's proof of the statutory grounds for
termination. Alternatively, she argues the juvenile court
should have granted her additional time to achieve
reunification with her children. After independently
reviewing the record,  we find clear and convincing evidence to
support the findings of the juvenile court.
Facts and Prior Proceedings
children came to the attention of the juvenile court in
November 2015, when Alexis's youngest child, I.G., tested
positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine at his birth.
N.F. and Z.M. tested positive for amphetamine and
methamphetamine as well, and Z.M. tested positive for
cannabinoids. Alexis consented to the removal of her
children, and the court ordered the children to be placed in
foster care. The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)
placed N.F. and Z.M. in the same foster home and I.G. in
who had an extensive history of substance abuse, sought
treatment in November 2015, shortly after the removal of her
children. After completing a substance-abuse evaluation at
the House of Mercy, she began inpatient treatment on December
3, 2015. Alexis left treatment six days later and lost
contact with the Family Safety, Risk, and Permanency (FSRP)
next twelve months, Alexis completed three more
substance-abuse evaluations. She participated in treatment
only sporadically. Alexis completed her fourth evaluation in
August 2016, around the time she learned she was pregnant.
The resulting report revealed the extent of Alexis's
Alexis reported that she drank alcohol for the first time at
age 10, and reported that she typically drinks approximately
six beers every three or four days. She reported that in the
last thirty days she has consumed alcohol on most days. . . .
Alexis reported that she began using marijuana at age 14. She
reported that she uses the substance about two-three days per
week, smoking ...