IN THE INTEREST OF W.H. and G.H., Minor Children, S.H., Father, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Story County, Stephen A.
Owen, District Associate Judge.
father appeals the termination of his parental rights to his
Christopher A. Clausen of Clausen Law Office, Ames, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Shannon M. Leighty of the Public Defender's Office,
Nevada, attorney and guardian ad litem for minor children.
Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Mullins and May, JJ.
father appeals the termination of his parental rights to two
children, G.H. and W.H. We affirm.
was born in August 2013. In November 2016, the Iowa
Department of Human Services (DHS) became involved with this
family due to allegations the mother and father were under
the influence of drugs while caring for G.H. G.H. was removed
from the parents' custody but later returned to the
March 2017, W.H. was born. Later that year, both children
were removed due to the parents' mental-health and
substance-abuse issues. The children were briefly returned to
the father's custody in September 2018. However, they
were removed after the father's arrest for domestic
assault against his girlfriend.
father continued to struggle with substance abuse. He tested
positive for drugs on several occasions, missed multiple
tests, and eventually admitted to using marijuana and
"overusing" prescription amphetamine.
involvement with the children dissipated. Between January and
July 2019, the father only had one visitation with the
children, despite being offered twelve other visitations.
2019, the juvenile court held a termination hearing. The
father conceded he lacked his own stable housing. He agreed
he was not in a position to take custody of the children.
the juvenile court terminated the mother and father's
rights to both children pursuant to Iowa Code section
232.116(1)(e), (f), and (h) (2018). The father now
appeals. He does not dispute statutory grounds for
termination exist under Iowa Code section 232.116(1). He
contends, however, termination is inappropriate under Iowa
Code section 232.116(3). He also raises concerns about the