from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F.
mother appeals from the juvenile court ruling terminating her
parental rights to her child. AFFIRMED.
Stephanie A. Sailer of Sailer Law, PLLC, Cedar Falls, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Melissa A. Anderson-Seeber of Juvenile Public Defender's
Office, Waterloo, guardian ad litem for minor child.
Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Potterfield and Doyle, JJ.
juvenile court terminated the mother's parental rights to
D.M.-born in October 2016-pursuant to Iowa Code section
232.116(1)(g) and (h) (2018). On appeal, the mother maintains
there is not clear and convincing evidence to support the
statutory grounds for termination and termination of her
parental rights is not in D.M.'s best interests.
Background Facts and Proceedings.
mother has a history of involvement with the Iowa Department
of Human Services (DHS); her parental rights to another child
were terminated in November 2015 pursuant to Iowa Code
section 232.116(1)(h) (2015). In granting the State's
petition to terminate the mother's rights to that child,
the court found:
[The mother] has never fully engaged in services or complied
with the court's expectations. [She] has sporadically
participated in the child's life. . . . [The mother] has
been observed to become extremely angry while unprovoked,
lashing out at those around her, including the child. . . .
[The mother] admits [she has] unmet mental health needs;
however, she has failed to attend numerous appointments for
medication management and counseling. [She] has no showed so
many times that the mental health center where she . . .
attends will no longer schedule her.
court also noted the mother's failure to actively engage
in family safety, risk, and permanency services; her tendency
to use her time with providers to blame them for her
situation; her sporadic attendance at visits with the child;
and her lack of follow through regarding a parenting class
she was expected to complete.
was born in October 2016. He was the subject of two
child-in-need-of-assistance assessments before he was
formally removed from the mother's care in July 2017.
D.M. was removed after the man the mother then believed to be
D.M.'s father was arrested while D.M. was in his care.
The mother did not immediately resume care of D.M.; according
to the temporary removal order, she "failed to pick up
[D.M.] when contacted by the Clayton County Sheriff and
telling them she would be there. [The mother] never left
Cedar Rapids to pick up [D.M.] in MacGregor."
D.M.'s removal, DHS expressed concerns about the
mother's limited parenting skills; unmet mental-health
needs; inability to maintain a stable, ...