IN THE INTEREST OF I.W., Minor Child, H.R., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Cheryl Traum,
District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the order terminating her parental rights.
Capdevila, Davenport, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Jennifer M. Olsen of Olsen Law Office, Davenport, guardian ad
litem and attorney for the child.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.
mother appeals the order terminating her parental
rights. We find the State made reasonable efforts
and termination is in the child's best interests. We
affirm the juvenile court.
Background Facts and Proceedings
was born in January 2013. The child was voluntarily placed in
foster care in May 2015 following concerns of improper
supervision, and a consent order was filed placing I.W. in
the custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) on
September 2, 2015. I.W. was then adjudicated a child in need
of assistance, in October 2015.
the adjudication of I.W., the mother participated in services
including parenting education, supervised visitation, foster
care services, substance-abuse evaluations and treatments,
domestic violence education, and budgeting education. The
mother made enough progress that I.W. was returned to her
care on a trial basis. However, this only lasted for a short
period of time. The mother began to attend services
sporadically and eventually withdrew from services in April
2017. The mother later declined some visits with I.W. and
even when present would only occasionally interact with the
juvenile court also found the mother had untreated
mental-health issues. The mother had not completed a
mental-health evaluation more than six months after funds
were made available to her. The mother had previously
received treatment but was discharged for not participating.
She had also threatened self-harm. In May 2017, she informed
a DHS worker she was taking an emergency flight to California
for inpatient treatment, but after failing to complete
treatment she informed the worker she was released for
medical reasons. The mother did not sign releases or provide
proof of treatment for any treatment.
the mother's home was unclean and had animal waste
throughout. The mother had relationships with partners who
were unsuitable to be around I.W. She was moving toward
unsupervised visits but allowed her boyfriend to move into
her home, even though he had significant and unaddressed
mental-health issues. The mother participated in
substance-abuse programs but did not provide a release
allowing the juvenile court to consider the documents. There
is also concern the mother is improperly using her
hearing was held September 12, 2017, and the juvenile court
terminated the mother's parental rights October 7,
pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(b), ...