IN THE INTEREST OF A.G., R.G., and K.H., Minor Children, C.B., Father, Appellant, T.G.-H., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, Angela L.
Doyle, District Associate Judge.
mother and one of the fathers appeal from the termination of
their parental rights. AFFIRMED ON BOTH
Douglas E. Cook of Cook Law Office, Jewell, for appellant
father of A.G.
J. Conrad of Baker, Johnsen, Sandblom & Lemmenes,
Humboldt, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Ana Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
J. Johnson of Johnson & Bonzer, P.L.C., Fort Dodge,
guardian ad litem for minor children.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Potterfield and Mullins, JJ.
mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her
three children, A.G., born in 2011; R.G., born in 2014; and
K.H., born in 2015. The mother claims the State failed to
establish the statutory grounds for termination.
Alternatively, she maintains the children could be returned
to her care if she was given an additional six months to work
toward reunification. The mother also argues termination of
her parental rights is not in the children's best
Background Facts and Proceedings.
Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) became involved with
this family in August 2014, when R.G. was born with THC in
his system. Neither A.G., who was two years old at the time,
nor R.G. was immediately removed from the mother's care.
Instead, the mother agreed to and began receiving daily
in-home "safety services." The mother also agreed
to complete drug treatment, receive a mental-health
evaluation, maintain a home with appropriate cleanliness, and
continue to meet with DHS.
October, DHS received reports the mother had failed to attend
twelve of her outpatient treatments and was refusing to
attend support meetings or parenting classes. The mother also
refused to be supervised during a drug test, so she was
allowed to proceed unsupervised. However, the temperature of
the urine was not within normal range, and the test was
considered invalid. Providers in the home noted it was
cluttered, with food and clothing all over the floor.
early November, the mother told the social worker she wanted
to be done with services and did not want any providers to
come back. She was discharged from drug treatment for lack of
progress and lack of attendance. The mother refused to speak
to the social worker ...