IN THE INTEREST OF C.P. and L.P., Minor Children, C.P., Mother, Appellant, L.P., Father, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County,
Charles D. Fagan, District Associate Judge.
mother and father appeal the order terminating their parental
rights in their two children. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.
Heims, Council Bluffs, for appellant mother.
Vanessa E. Strazdas, Council Bluffs, for appellant father.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Meredith Lamberti, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Roberta J. Megel of State Public Defender Office, Council
Bluffs, guardian ad litem for minor children.
Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ.
and Lester appeal from an order terminating their parental
rights in their two children, L.P. and C.P., pursuant to Iowa
Code section 232.116(1)(e) and (f) (2018). Cathy and Lester
challenge the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the
statutory grounds authorizing termination of their respective
parental rights. They also challenge the finding that
termination of their respective rights is in the
children's best interest. Cathy further argues the Iowa
Department of Human Services (IDHS) failed to make reasonable
efforts toward reunification when it did not conduct an IQ
test on her to ensure she was provided services she could
standard of review is de novo. See In re D.W., 791
N.W.2d 703, 706 (Iowa 2010). It is the State's burden to
prove the grounds authorizing termination of a parent's
rights by clear and convincing evidence. See In re
J.E., 723 N.W.2d 793, 798 (Iowa 2006). "Where there
is clear and convincing evidence, there is no serious or
substantial doubt about the correctness of the conclusion
drawn from the evidence." In re A.H., No.
18-0072, 2018 WL 1433849, at *1 (Iowa Ct. App. Mar. 21,
first address the sufficiency of the evidence supporting the
statutory grounds authorizing termination of the parents'
respective rights. Where, as here, the juvenile court
terminates a parent's rights on more than one statutory
ground, "we need only find termination appropriate under
one of these sections to affirm." In re J.B.L.,
844 N.W.2d 703, 704 (Iowa Ct. App. 2014). We focus on Code
Code section 232.116(1)(f) authorizes the juvenile court to
terminate the parent-child relationship upon clear and
convincing evidence showing:
(1) The child is four years of age or older.
(2) The child has been adjudicated a child in need of
assistance pursuant ...