IN THE INTEREST OF L.M., Minor Child, K.S., Mother, Appellant, T.M., Father, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Virginia
Cobb, District Associate Judge.
mother and father separately appeal the termination of their
D. Goedicke of Cooper, Goedicke, Reimer & Reese Law Firm,
PC, West Des Moines, for appellant mother.
Nicholas J. Einwalter, Des Moines, for appellant father.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anagha Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
A. Stratton of Juvenile Public Defender Office, Des Moines,
guardian ad litem for minor child.
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.
POTTERFIELD, PRESIDING JUDGE.
juvenile court terminated the mother's and father's
parental rights to their child, L.M., pursuant to Iowa Code
section 232.116(1)(d) and (h) (2017). The mother only
nominally appeals the termination, while the father
challenges the sufficiency of the evidence supporting one of
the grounds for termination, whether termination was in the
child's best interests, and the juvenile court's
determination no permissive factor should be applied to save
the parent-child relationship.
Standard of Review.
review termination-of-parental-rights proceedings de novo.
In re P.L., 778 N.W.2d 33, 40 (Iowa 2010).
the mother filed an appellate brief in this matter, she does
not actually challenge any part of the juvenile court's
ruling. She asks that we reverse the termination of parental
rights, but she offers no legal grounds upon which we may do
so and does not challenge any of the juvenile court's
findings of fact. Her appellate brief contains no argument
and no legal authority. We recognize that the appeal of a
termination order is an expedited process, see Iowa
R. App. P. 6.201(1), but the parent is still required to
raise specific issues. The mother's failure to make a
specific argument waives error. See In re C.B., 611
N.W.2d 489, 492 (Iowa 2000) ("We have ...