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In re C.L.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

June 5, 2019

IN THE INTEREST OF C.L. and C.L., Minor Children C.L., Mother, Appellant.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dallas County, Virginia Cobb, District Associate Judge.

         A mother appeals the termination of parental rights to her two children.

          Susan R. Stockdale, West Des Moines, for appellant mother.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anna T. Stoeffler, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Kayla Stratton, Des Moines, attorney and guardian ad litem for minor children.

          Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.

          PER CURIAM.

         C.L. is the mother of two children, born in 2010 and 2012. In 2017, the State filed petitions alleging the children were children in need of assistance (CINA). Services were recommended and offered to the mother to address many issues. Although she participated in a psychosocial evaluation, she minimally participated in the case thereafter. Ultimately, the State proceeded to file petitions for termination of her parental rights. Following a contested hearing in 2019, the juvenile court terminated the mother's parental rights pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(d) and (f) (2018).

         The mother appeals. Our review is de novo. See In re A.S., 906 N.W.2d 467, 472 (Iowa 2018). "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." In re A.B., 815 N.W.2d 764, 774 (Iowa 2012). We focus on paragraph (f), which requires the State to prove by clear and convincing evidence

         that all of the following have occurred:

(1) The child is four years of age or older.
(2) The child has been adjudicated a [CINA] pursuant to section 232.96.
(3) The child has been removed from the physical custody of the child's parents for at least twelve of the last eighteen months, or for the last twelve consecutive months and any trial period at home has been less than thirty days.
(4) There is clear and convincing evidence that at the present time the child cannot be returned to the custody of the child's ...

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