IN THE INTEREST OF K.W., Minor Child, K.W., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Scott
Strait, District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the termination of his parental rights to her
C. Goaley, Council Bluffs, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anagha Dixit, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
McGinn, Council Bluffs, attorney and guardian ad litem for
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.
mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her
eleven-year-old child. She contends the State failed to prove the
grounds for termination by clear and convincing evidence. She
also challenges the efforts made by the Iowa Department of
Human Services (DHS) to return the child to her care and
argues termination is contrary to the child's best
interests. We review her claims de novo. In re L.T.,
924 N.W.2d 521, 526 (Iowa 2019).
child was removed from the mother's care in July 2017 due
to concerns about the mother's methamphetamine use and
domestic violence in the home. In September 2017, the
juvenile court adjudicated the child to be in need of
assistance (CINA) pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(b),
(c)(2), and (n) (2017). In the year that followed, the mother
failed to demonstrate sobriety. Although she began outpatient
treatment for substance abuse, her attendance was sporadic
until January 2018 when she was discharged from the program
due to her lack of attendance.
State filed a petition seeking to terminate the mother's
parental rights in October 2018. The termination hearing was
held in November. In a January 2019 order, the juvenile court
terminated the mother's parental rights pursuant to Iowa
Code section 232.116(1)(e), (f), and (l) (2018).
the juvenile court ordered termination on more than one
statutory ground, we need only find grounds to terminate on
one of the sections to affirm. In re T.S., 868
N.W.2d 425, 435 (Iowa Ct. App. 2015). In order to terminate a
parent's rights pursuant to section 232.116(1)(f), the
State must prove the following:
(1) The child is four years of age or older.
(2) The child has been adjudicated a child in need of
assistance pursuant ...