IN THE INTEREST OF C.M Minor Child, A.M., Father, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Benton County, Barbara H.
Liesveld, District Associate Judge.
father appeals the termination of his parental rights for his
L. Williams of Williams Law Office, PLLC, Cedar Rapids, for
J. Viner of Viner Law Firm, P.C., Cedar Rapids, for appellee
Katherine Wilson, Cedar Rapids, attorney and guardian ad
litem for minor child.
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Doyle and May, JJ.
juvenile court terminated the father's parental rights to
his child, C.M., in a private termination proceeding. On
appeal, the father argues (1) the mother failed to establish
abandonment under Iowa Code section 600A.8(3)(b) (2018) and
(2) termination is not in C.M.'s best interest. We
Background Facts and Proceedings
Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) was previously
involved with this family due to the parents'
substance-abuse and domestic-violence issues. Their child,
C.M., born in December 2014, was placed in foster care.
Ultimately, the parents separated, and the mother complied
with treatment. DHS closed the case and returned C.M. to the
the closure of the DHS case, the father has failed to
maintain any relationship with C.M. He has been incarcerated
periodically and continued to use drugs. The father has not
seen C.M. since July 2017.
March 2018, the mother filed a petition for private
termination. She alleged the father abandoned C.M. and his
parental rights should be terminated under Iowa Code section
August 28, the juvenile court heard evidence on the
mother's petition. The juvenile court then issued an
order terminating the father's parental rights. The
father now appeals.