IN THE INTEREST OF S.C., Minor Child, M.S., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Mark F.
Schlenker, District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the juvenile court decision terminating her
L. Pietz of Pietz Law Office, Des Moines, for appellant
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Kathryn Miller of Juvenile Public Defender Office, Des
Moines, guardian ad litem for minor child.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.
mother appeals the juvenile court order terminating her
parental rights. We find there is clear and convincing
evidence in the record to support termination, termination is
in the child's best interests, and no exceptions to
termination apply. We affirm the decision of the juvenile
Background Facts & Proceedings
mother, and C.C., father, are the parents of a child, S.C.,
born in 2016. The State removed the child from the
parents' care on March 31, 2017, due to the incarceration
of the father and the mother's substance abuse. The Iowa
Department of Human Services (DHS) immediately placed S.C.
with the maternal grandmother, in whose home S.C. had been
April the mother walked away from an in-patient
substance-abuse treatment program, violating her probation
for a prior criminal conviction.
child was adjudicated to be in need of assistance (CINA)
pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(c)(2) and (n) (2016)
in May. The court entered a dispositional order on June 28,
confirming the CINA determination and ordering
substance-abuse and mental-health evaluations of both
parents. The parents continued to have visitation with the
child within the discretion of the DHS, supervised by the
mother received additional criminal citations during the
pendency of the present action, including criminal trespass
at the grandmother's home and probation violations.
Throughout the spring and summer, the mother was in and out
of jail and treatment programs. Each time M.S. left
treatment, she relapsed within a week.
September 3, the court granted the parents a six-month
permanency extension to prove their ability to care for the
child. The court's order indicated the parents needed to
remain sober, participate in ...