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In re B.C.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

September 13, 2017

IN THE INTEREST OF B.C., Minor Child, A.L., Mother, Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Craig M. Dreismeier, District Associate Judge.

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

          Anne M. Rohling of Rohling Law, P.L.L.C., Council Bluffs, for appellant mother.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Tabitha J. Gardner, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Maura C. Goaley of Maura C. Goaley, Attorney at Law, Council Bluffs, guardian ad litem for minor child.

          Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.

          BOWER, Judge.

         A mother appeals the juvenile court decision terminating her parental rights. We find there is clear and convincing evidence in the record to support termination of the mother's parental rights. We affirm the decision of the juvenile court.

         I. Background Facts & Proceedings

         A.L. is the mother of B.C., who was born in 2016. The mother has a long history of substance abuse, beginning at age thirteen; she is now twenty-seven years old. Her parental rights to two older children were previously terminated. This child was removed from the mother's care because the child tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine at the time of birth. The child was placed in foster care.

         The child was adjudicated to be in need of assistance (CINA) under Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(c)(2), (n), and (o) (2016). The mother tested positive for methamphetamine in September 2016 and February 2017. She did not participate in recommended treatment throughout most of the case. She did not appear for random drug tests. The mother was evicted from her apartment and began living with friends. She attended supervised visitation with the child.

         On April 19, 2017, the State filed a petition seeking termination of the mother's parental rights. At the time of the termination hearing, the mother was attending outpatient substance-abuse treatment. The juvenile court terminated the mother's rights pursuant to section 232.116(1)(e), (g), (h), and (l) (2017).[1]

          The court determined termination of the mother's parental rights was in the child's best interests. The mother now appeals the decision of the juvenile court.

         II. ...


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