IN THE INTEREST OF J.W., Minor Child, C.W., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Clarke County, Monty W.
Franklin, District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the juvenile court order terminating her
parental rights to her child. AFFIRMED.
Orlanes of Orlanes Law Office, PLC, Ankeny, for appellant
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
A. Elcock of Elcock Law Firm, Osceola, guardian ad litem for
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Potterfield and Mullins, JJ.
Background Facts and Proceedings.
born in 2004, came to the attention of the Iowa Department of
Human Services (DHS) in July 2014 following the mother's
arrest for a domestic-violence incident between her and
J.W.'s father. The mother remained in jail awaiting a bed
in a residential treatment facility. The mother and father
agreed that J.W. should be placed with the maternal
State filed a child-in-need-of-assistance (CINA) petition and
on September 24, the matter came on for an uncontested
hearing. Based on the mother's substance abuse and
domestic-violence incidents in front of the child, the court
adjudicated J.W. as CINA and placement remained with the
court adopted the case permanency plan in an October 29
dispositional order wherein batterer's education;
parenting education; family safety, risk, and permanency
(FSRP) services; and drug testing were recommended. Temporary
legal custody was placed with the maternal grandparents, and
visitation was to be determined by DHS.
mother initially complied with services and showed progress
towards sobriety. Between October 2014 and May 2015, she
attended twenty-four sessions of treatment and found regular
employment. DHS recommended that J.W. return to the
mother's care. Following the May 2015 review hearing, the
court returned temporary legal custody of J.W to the mother
and awarded visitation for the father.
August 3, however, the mother was arrested and incarcerated
for probation violations, including drinking, abusing
prescription medication, failing to meet with her probation
officer, failing to attend substance-abuse treatment, and
failing to appear in court. DHS recommended placement with
the father temporarily, but on August 4, the father
unexpectedly died. The maternal grandparents assumed care of
J.W., and on August 6, the court modified placement of J.W.
with the maternal grandparents.
November 25, the mother entered an inpatient substance abuse
treatment program. The program allowed J.W. to live with the
mother during treatment, and the court modified J.W.'s
placement giving custody to the mother so long as she
continued the residential treatment program. DHS reports
indicate J.W. and the mother thrived at the ...