IN THE INTEREST OF Z.R., Minor Child, F.D., Mother, Appellant, S.R., Father, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Buena Vista County, Mary L.
Timko, Associate Juvenile Judge.
mother and father each appeal a juvenile court order
terminating their parental rights.
K. Mazurek of Miller, Miller, Miller, P.C., Cherokee, for
A. Sibbel of Law Office of Martha Sibbel, PLC, Carroll, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anna T. Stoeffler, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Cody Farrens of Farrens Law Firm, Sioux City, guardian ad
litem for minor child.
Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Greer, J., and Vogel, S.J.
mother and father separately appeal a juvenile court's
order terminating their parental rights. There is clear and
convincing evidence in the record to support termination of
the mother's parental rights, and the court properly
denied her request for an extension of time. Because the
father waived all claims concerning the termination of his
parental rights, we conclude his parental rights were
properly terminated. We affirm on both appeals.
Background Facts & Proceedings
mother, and S.R., father, are the parents of Z.R., born in
2018. The parents have long histories of substance abuse and
domestic violence. The mother's parental rights to three
older children have been terminated-one just weeks before
Z.R. was born. Z.R. was removed from the parents'
care shortly after birth and placed with a family who had
adopted one of the child's half-siblings and was the
adoptive placement for another one of Z.R.'s
half-siblings. The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)
has been involved with the parents and continued providing
services. The child was adjudicated to be in need of
assistance (CINA), pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(b),
(c)(2), and (n) (2018).
the child's removal, the parents continued using
methamphetamine on a near daily basis. In September 2018, the
father was arrested and jailed on drug charges. The mother
entered a substance-abuse treatment program and began
participating in supervised visitation. She continued her
relationship with the father. At times she reported extensive
domestic violence and at other times denied any violence in
her relationship with the father. The father also denied
domestic violence and did not participate in offered
services. The father was incarcerated during much of the CINA
proceedings and had only one visit with the child.
January 4, 2019, the State filed a petition seeking to
terminate the parents' rights. The hearing was held over
the course of five days: January 25, February 6, March 5 and
22, and May 13. After hearing the testimony and considering
the extensive record, the juvenile court terminated the
mother's parental rights under section 232.116(1)(d),
(g), (h), (i), and (l) (2019), and the father's
rights under section 232.116(1)(a), (d), (e), (g), (h), and
(i). The court denied the parents' request for an
extension of time, stating, "The court cannot find that
[the child] will be able to be returned to either
parent's care within a six-month time frame, let alone
within a reasonable amount of time." The court concluded
termination of the parents' rights was in the child's
best interests. The mother and father have separately