IN THE INTEREST OF O.N. and A.N., Minor Children, J.N., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Colin J. Witt,
District Associate Judge.
appeals from an order terminating her parental rights in her
children pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 232 (2016). AFFIRMED.
E. Hobbs, West Des Moines, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Ana Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State. Nicole Garbis Nolan of
Youth Law Center, Des Moines, guardian ad litem for minor
Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Tabor and McDonald, JJ.
juvenile court terminated Jessau's parental rights in her
two children pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f)
(2016). In this appeal, Jessau challenges the sufficiency of
the evidence supporting the statutory ground authorizing the
termination of her parental rights, challenges the
determination that termination of her parental rights was in
the best interest of the children, and contends permissive
considerations should preclude the termination of her
proceedings are reviewed de novo. In re A.M., 843
N.W.2d 100, 110 (Iowa 2014). The statutory framework is well
established. Pursuant to section 232.116(1), the State must
prove a statutory ground authorizing the termination of a
parent's rights. See In re P.L., 778 N.W.2d 33,
39 (Iowa 2010). Second, pursuant to section 232.116(2), the
State must prove termination of parental rights is in the
best interest of the child. See id. Third, if the
State has proved both the existence of statutory harm and
termination of a parent's rights is in the best interest
of the child, the juvenile court must consider whether any
countervailing considerations set forth in section 232.116(3)
should nonetheless preclude termination of parental rights.
challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the
termination of her parental rights pursuant to section
232.116(1)(f). Under this provision, the State must prove by
clear and convincing evidence for each child:
(1) The child is four years of age or older.
(2) The child has been adjudicated a child in need of
assistance pursuant ...