IN THE INTEREST OF K.S., Minor Child, W.S., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Stephen
C. Clarke, Judge.
mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.
Forcier of Forcier Law Office, PLLC, Waterloo, for appellant
J. Miller, Attorney General, and John McCormally, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Timothy M. Baldwin, Waterloo, guardian ad litem for minor
Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ.
mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her
child, K.S., born in 2017. The juvenile court terminated the
mother's parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code section
232.116(1)(g), (h), and (l) (2018). On appeal, the
mother claims there is not clear and convincing evidence to
support the statutory grounds for termination, she should be
given an additional six months to work toward reunification,
termination is not in the child's best interests, and the
parent-child bond weighs against termination.
considering the mother's claims, we review the
termination proceedings de novo. In re A.B., 815
N.W.2d 764, 773 (Iowa 2012).
begin by considering the statutory grounds. "When 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."
Id. at 774. We consider the grounds of section
232.116(1)(h), which allows the court to terminate parental
rights if all of the following are met:
(1)The child is three years of age or younger.
(2) The child has been adjudicated a child in need of
assistance pursuant to section 232.96.
(3)The child has been removed from the physical custody of
the child's parents for at least six months of the last
twelve months, or for the last six consecutive months and any
trial period at home has been less than thirty days.
(4) There is clear and convincing evidence that the child
cannot be returned to the custody of the child's parents
as provided in ...