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In re J.L.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

September 13, 2017

IN THE INTEREST OF J.L., Minor Child, A.M., Mother, Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Joseph W. Seidlin, District Associate Judge.

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

          Karmen R. Anderson of The Law Office of Karmen Anderson, Des Moines, for appellant mother.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          ConGarry D. Williams of Juvenile Public Defender Office, Des Moines, 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 it would not be in the child's best interests to give the mother additional time to work toward reunification with the child. We affirm the juvenile court's decision terminating the mother's parental rights.

         I. Background Facts & Proceedings

         A.M. is the mother of J.L., who was born in 2015. The mother has a long history of mental-health problems and substance abuse. Her parental rights to two older children were previously terminated. J.L. tested positive for marijuana at the time of birth. On January 5, 2016, the child was adjudicated to be in need of assistance (CINA), pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(c)(2), (n), and (o) (2015).

         The child was removed from the mother's care on September 16, 2016, when the mother tested positive for methamphetamine. After the child's removal, the mother no longer participated in services. She tested positive for methamphetamine in December 2016 and marijuana in February 2017. The mother became homeless and remained unemployed.

         The State filed a petition to terminate the mother's parental rights on April 7, 2017. After the petition was filed, the mother began outpatient treatment for substance abuse and began attending mental health therapy. She lived in a homeless shelter. Her paramour also has serious substance abuse issues.

          The juvenile court terminated the mother's rights under section 232.116(1)(g) and (h) (2017).[1] The court found termination was in the child's best interests and none of the exceptions found in section 232.116(3) applied. The mother now appeals the termination of her parental rights.

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