IN THE INTEREST OF S.B. and R.B., Minor Children, S.B., Father, Appellant, K.B. and R.B., Intervenors, Appellants.
from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Colin J. Witt,
District Associate Judge.
father and the intervenors separately appeal the
permanency-review order returning the children to the care of
their mother. AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.
Webber of Carr Law Firm, P.L.C., Des Moines, for appellant
Fishman, Adel, for appellants intervenors.
Kimberly Graham, Indianola, for appellee mother.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for State.
M. Pattison of Drake Legal Clinic, Des Moines, guardian ad
litem for minor children.
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.
father and the intervenors, the paternal grandparents,
separately appeal the June 28, 2019 permanency-review order
in which the juvenile court returned the children-S.B., born
in September 2014, and R.B., born in May 2017-to the custody
and care of their mother. We affirm on both appeals.
review child-in-need-of-assistance (CINA) proceedings de
novo. In re K.N., 625 N.W.2d 731, 733 (Iowa 2001).
"Although we give weight to the juvenile court's
factual findings, we are not bound by them."
family came to the attention of the juvenile court in 2017
when the mother and R.B. tested positive for methamphetamine
after R.B.'s birth. The mother admitted using
methamphetamine and consuming alcohol during her pregnancy.
During the course of the following child-abuse assessment,
the father tested positive for methamphetamine through a
hair-stat drug screen. The family also had a history of
involvement with the department of human services (DHS) for
domestic violence issues. In July 2017, the mother contacted
DHS stating she and the father got into a physical
altercation on the evening of July 18, which the paternal
children were adjudicated CINA in August 2017, with case plan
recommendations to address substance abuse, domestic
violence, and the mother's mental-health issues. The
children were placed in the custody of DHS and in the care of
the paternal grandparents. Family safety, risk, and
permanency (FSRP) services were provided to the family. Both
parents participated in substance-abuse treatment. The mother
participated in individual therapy for anger, ...