IN THE INTEREST OF M.G., Minor Child, M.M., Mother, Appellant, R.G., Father, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Gary
K. Anderson, District Associate Judge.
mother and father appeal the termination of their parental
D. Strait, Council Bluffs, for appellant mother.
Joseph Narmi, Council Bluffs, for appellant father.
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.
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.
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).
address the sufficiency of the evidence in support of section
232.116(1)(i). This provision authorizes the termination of
parental rights upon ...