IN THE INTEREST OF J.L. and J.P., Minor Children, M.M., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Clinton County, Phillip J.
Tabor, District Associate Judge.
appeals from an order terminating her parental rights
pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 232 (2017).
David Zimmerman, Clinton, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
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.
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.
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
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 ...