IN THE INTEREST OF A.H., Minor Child, C.H., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Floyd County, Karen Kaufman
Salic, District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.
A. Milder, Waverly, for appellant mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kathryn K. Lang, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Cynthia Schuknecht of Noah, Smith, Schuknecht & Sloter,
P.L.C., Charles City, attorney and guardian ad litem for
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.
juvenile court terminated the mother's parental rights to
her child, A.H.On appeal, the mother contends the juvenile
court erred (1) in permitting her trial counsel to withdraw
following termination and (2) in declining to provide the
mother with an additional six months to work toward
reunification. We affirm the juvenile court.
Background Facts and Proceedings
was born in 2011. The mother is a single parent.
2013, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) first
became involved with this family due to the presence of
illegal drugs around A.H. as well as the mother's failure
to provide supervision. The juvenile court adjudicated A.H.
as a child in need of assistance from 2013 to 2015.
March 2017, the mother was convicted of felony forgery. The
district court placed her on probation.
present case arose from concerns that, in December 2017, the
mother was under the influence of methamphetamine while
caring for A.H. During an interview with DHS in early
December 2017, the mother admitted she was addicted to
methamphetamine and had sought intensive outpatient treatment
three times. Later the same month, the juvenile court again
adjudicated A.H. as a child in need of assistance.
January 2018, the mother entered inpatient treatment; in
February, she was successfully discharged. However, she
relapsed while participating in outpatient therapy.
March 2018, the mother sought participation in the
family-preservation-court program. She was discharged from
the program due to her noncompliance with the program's
spring 2018, the district court revoked her probation. She
spent nine months in prison. In December 2018, the mother was
released to BeJe Clark halfway house. By February 2019, the
mother engaged in outpatient substance-abuse treatment. A
March 27 progress report noted the mother ...