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In re J.L.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

April 18, 2018

IN THE INTEREST OF J.L. and J.P., Minor Children, M.M., Mother, Appellant.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Phillip J. Tabor, District Associate Judge.

         Mother appeals from an order terminating her parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 232 (2017). AFFIRMED.

          J. David Zimmerman, Clinton, for appellant mother.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Brian P. Donnelly of Mayer, Lonergan & Rolfes, P.C., Clinton, guardian ad litem for minor children.

          Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ. Tabor, J., takes no part.

          MCDONALD, Judge.

         Mindi appeals from the order terminating her parental rights in her two children. Her rights were terminated pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(d) and (g) (2017) as to J.P. (born 2012) and section 232.116(1)(d), (g), and (h) as to J.L. (born 2014). Mindi challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the statutory grounds authorizing the termination of her parental rights, and she contends the juvenile court should have granted her an additional three months' time to have the children returned to her care.

         This court reviews termination proceedings de novo. See In re A.M., 843 N.W.2d 100, 110 (Iowa 2014). The statutory framework authorizing the termination of a parent-child relationship is well established and need not be repeated herein. See In re P.L., 778 N.W.2d 33, 39 (Iowa 2010) (setting forth the statutory framework). Where, as here, "the juvenile court terminates parental rights on more than one statutory ground, we may affirm the juvenile court's order on any ground we find supported by the record." In re A.B., 815 N.W.2d 764, 774 (Iowa 2012).

         We choose to address the sufficiency of the evidence supporting termination of the mother's rights authorized by code section 232.116(1)(g). To establish termination under this ground, the State must prove:

(1) The child has been adjudicated in need of assistance pursuant to section 232.96.
(2) The court has terminated parental rights pursuant to section 232.117 with respect to another child who is a member of the same family or a court of competent jurisdiction in another state has entered an order involuntarily terminating parental rights with respect to another child who is a member of the same family.
(3) There is clear and convincing evidence that the parent continues to lack the ability or willingness to respond to services which would correct the situation.
(4) There is clear and convincing evidence that an additional period of rehabilitation would not ...

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