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In re G.C.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

January 24, 2018

IN THE INTEREST OF G.C. and D.C., Minor Children, D.C., Father, Appellant.

         Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Jennifer S. Bailey, District Associate Judge.

         A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to two children.

          Heidi D. Van Winkle of Van Winkle Law Office, Burlington, for appellant father.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Meredith L. Lamberti, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Shane Wiley, West Burlington, guardian ad litem for minor children.

          Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and McDonald, JJ.

          VAITHESWARAN, PRESIDING JUDGE.

         A father appeals the termination of his parental rights to two children, born in 2003 and 2004. He contends (1) the State failed to prove the ground for termination cited by the district court and (2) termination was not in the children's best interests.

         I. Grounds for Termination

         The district court terminated the father's parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(l) (2017), which requires the State to prove the following:

(1) The child has been adjudicated a child in need of assistance pursuant to section 232.96 and custody has been transferred from the child's parents for placement pursuant to section 232.102.
(2) The parent has a severe substance-related disorder and presents a danger to self or others as evidenced by prior acts.
(3) There is clear and convincing evidence that the parent's prognosis indicates that the child will not be able to be returned to the custody of the parent within a reasonable period of time considering the child's age and need for a permanent home.

         The father disagrees he had a "severe substance-related disorder." Id. § 232.116(1)(l)(2). On our de novo review of the record, we find clear and convincing evidence to satisfy this element. The father began using marijuana at the age of eleven and began using methamphetamine at twenty-one. He was forty-seven at the time of the termination hearing. When ...


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