IN THE INTEREST OF H.H., Minor Child, C.H., Father, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Lucas County, Monty W.
Franklin, District Associate Judge.
father appeals from the order terminating his parental
M. Demichelis of Demichelis Law Firm, P.C., Chariton, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
M. Bowman of Bowman Law Office, Pleasant Hill, for minor
Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Tabor and McDonald, JJ.
DANILSON, Chief Judge.
father appeals from an order terminating his parental
rights to his child, H.H., born in January 2015. The family
began receiving parenting services from the department of
human services (DHS) shortly after the child's birth
because both parents previously had their rights to other
children terminated. The father has anger-management and
mental-health issues, and failed to follow through with drug
was removed from parental custody on July 24, 2015, due to a
domestic abuse assault by the father against the mother and a
subsequent drug test that indicated the father had been using
methamphetamine. The child has remained in out-of-home
placement since the ex parte removal. A contested hearing was
held on September 9 and, on October 5, 2015, the child was
adjudicated a child in need of assistance (CINA).
February 2016, a permanency order was filed and the father
was granted an additional six months to seek reunification.
The court found it reasonably likely the child could safely
be returned home with an additional six months of
reunification services if several specific issues and
concerns were successfully addressed.
2016, the DHS worker addressed the father's lack of
progress on each issue and recommended that the permanency
goal for the child be changed from reunification to
termination of parental rights and adoption.
August 4, 2016 permanency-review order, the juvenile court
changed the permanency goal to termination of parental rights
and further ordered:
Visitation between mother, father, and child shall remain
suspended as a result of the parents['] failure to
participate with services. If the parents show regular and
consistent cooperation and participation in services and
progress with such services, DHS or the child's guardian
ad litem [(GAL)] may make application to the Court to
application to reinstate visitation was made by either DHS or
the child's GAL. Nor did the father seek to ...