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In re M.G.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

August 15, 2018

IN THE INTEREST OF M.G., Minor Child, M.M., Mother, Appellant, R.G., Father, Appellant.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Gary K. Anderson, District Associate Judge.

         A mother and father appeal the termination of their parental rights.

          Scott D. Strait, Council Bluffs, for appellant mother.

          J. Joseph Narmi, Council Bluffs, for appellant father.

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

          Roberta Megel of State Public Defender Office, Council Bluffs, guardian ad litem for minor child.

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

          MCDONALD, JUDGE.

         Marci and Ronald challenge an order terminating their parental rights in their child M.G. (born 2016). The juvenile court terminated their parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(d), (e), (h), and (i) (2017). On appeal, Marci and Ronald challenge the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the termination order. They contend the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) failed to make reasonable efforts towards reunification. Marci separately contends the State failed to show M.G. could not be returned to her care and requests more time to work toward reunification. Ronald separately argues the juvenile court should have considered factors enumerated in Iowa Code section 232.116(3) to preserve the parent-child relationship.[1]

         I.

         This court reviews termination proceedings de novo. See In re A.M., 843 N.W.2d 100, 110 (Iowa 2014). The statutory framework authorizing termination of a parent-child relationship is well established and need not be repeated. See In re A.S., 906 N.W.2d 467, 472-73 (Iowa 2018) (detailing statutory framework). When a juvenile court relies on multiple statutory grounds to terminate a parent's rights, we are at liberty to affirm its ruling on any supported ground. See In re A.B., 815 N.W.2d 764, 774 (Iowa 2012).

         II.

         A.

         We address the sufficiency of the evidence in support of section 232.116(1)(i). This provision authorizes the termination of parental rights upon ...


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