IN THE INTEREST OF Y.M., L.M., R.C., J.C., and R.C., Minor Children, B.R., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Lynn Poschner,
District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the juvenile court's termination of her
Francis P. Hurley of Phil Watson P.C., Des Moines, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and John McCormally, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
J. Tingle of Tingle Law Office, Des Moines, guardian ad litem
for minor children and attorney for minor children Y.M. and
Mayfield of Youth Law Center, Des Moines, attorney for minor
children R.C., J.C., and R.C.
Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.
mother appeals the juvenile court order terminating her
parental rights. We find termination is in the children's
best interests and no exceptions apply. We affirm the
Background Facts & Proceedings
mother, and R.R.-C., father, are married and are the parents
of Re.C., born in 2006; J.C., born in 2007; and Ra.C., born
in 2010. B.R. is also the mother of L.M., born in 2013, and
Y.M., born in 2014. R.R.-C. is the legal father and M.M.-R.
is the biological father of L.M. and Y.M., but neither is on
the birth certificates.
family has been involved with the Iowa Department of Human
Services (DHS) since August 2015 when the mother's
substance-abuse problems resulted in
children-in-need-of-assistance (CINA) proceedings. The mother
successfully participated in services and the CINA
proceedings closed in September 2016.
11, 2017, police responded to a domestic violence call and
during the investigation the mother admitted to daily
methamphetamine use. On June 20, the mother consented to the
children's removal. On August 4, the court adjudicated
the children as CINA pursuant to Iowa Code section
232.2(6)(c) and (n) (2017). The children were placed with
their maternal grandmother.
the removal on June 20, the mother appeared at the removal
hearing on June 27 but attended no other hearing or
conference until the permanency hearing on May 31, 2018. She
was not in contact with her attorney or DHS in the interim
and the contact information she provided was not current. At
the permanency hearing, the mother was informed of the date
of the termination hearing. She did not appear at the
termination hearing. She has not ...