IN THE INTEREST OF I.T., Minor Child, M.M., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, David F.
mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her
L. Schroeder of The Sayer Law Group, P.C., Waterloo, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Melissa Anderson-Seeber of Waterloo Juvenile Public
Defender's Office, Waterloo, guardian ad litem for minor
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Greer, J., and Carr, S.J.
appeal concerns the termination of a mother's parental
rights to her child. The juvenile court removed the child
from the mother's care shortly after birth in June 2018
and adjudicated the child in need of assistance (CINA) the
month after. The court based the removal and CINA
adjudication in part on the mother's history of substance
use, which extends more than a decade. Although the mother
has maintained sobriety in supervised settings, she returns
to using controlled substances when that supervision ends.
History repeated in April 2018 when the mother used
methamphetamine while pregnant with the child. She admitted
using methamphetamine two days before delivery.
mother kept using methamphetamine and was largely absent
during the first six months of the child's life. After
her arrest and placement in a residential facility in
December 2018, the mother stated that she wanted to terminate
her parental rights to the child. By the end of the month,
the mother changed her mind and began to participate in some
of the services offered to her. Yet her participation was
sporadic, and her progress was limited.
State petitioned to terminate the mother's parental
rights. After a hearing in April 2019, the juvenile court
ordered termination of the mother's parental rights under
Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(e) and (h) (2018).
Grounds for Termination.
affirm the termination of the mother's parental rights if
the evidence supports termination on one of the grounds cited
by the juvenile court. See In re S.R., 600 N.W.2d
63, 64 (Iowa Ct. App. 1999). Termination is appropriate under
section 232.116(1)(h) if the record shows:
(1)The child is three years of age or younger.
(2)The child has been adjudicated [CINA] pursuant to section