IN THE INTEREST OF I.B., D.J., S.B., and A.S., Minor Children, M.B., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Karen
Kaufman Salic, District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the adjudication of her children as children
in need of assistance following a dispositional hearing.
Danielle M. DeBower of Eggert, Erb, Mulcahy & Kuehner,
P.L.L.C., Charles City, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Ana Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
A. Grooters of Pappajohn, Shriver, Eide & Nielsen, P.C.,
Mason City, guardian ad litem for minor children.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.
mother appeals the dispositional order of the district court
confirming her four children's adjudication as children
in need of assistance (CINA). We conclude the evidence
establishes the district court properly found the children to
be CINA given the mother's long addiction to
methamphetamine, erratic behavior, mental-health issues, and
refusal to cooperate with services.
Background Facts and Proceedings
born 2005; D.J., born 2007; S.V., born 2012; and A.S., born
2013, came to the attention of the Iowa Department of Human
Services (DHS) in April 2017, upon allegations the mother
failed to exercise a reasonable degree of care in supervising
the children. Specifically, the DHS, alerted by child
protection workers, was concerned the mother was using
methamphetamine while the four children were in her care and
while pregnant with another child. The mother admitted to
using methamphetamine daily. After the DHS assessed the
situation, the mother became aggravated and impatient with
the DHS review process. The mother indicated she would agree
to removal to her parents so the State would not have an open
April 25, 2017, an order for temporary removal was issued by
the district court. Upon receiving the order, the child
protection worker notified the children's schools in an
effort to hold them at school; however, the mother had picked
the children up early, stated they were going "out of
state, " and refused to tell the DHS where she or the
children were located. On April 27, the mother was located
and arrested on four counts of contempt; the children were
not with her. On May 1, the children were located at the
Mason City Police Department. I.B. indicated they had been
with a relative in Lake Mills, for approximately one week and
then with a close family friend in Des Moines before
receiving word their mother was incarcerated and returning to
14, the State filed an amended petition to adjudicate the
four children in need of assistance. Following a contested
adjudication hearing, the juvenile court adjudicated the
children in need of assistance under Iowa Code section
232.2(6)(c)(2) (2017). The dispositional order of August 9,
ordered the children "be in the custody of [DHS] for
placement in family foster care and under the supervision of