IN THE INTEREST OF C.H., Minor Child, K.H., Mother, Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Korie Shippee,
District Associate Judge.
mother appeals the order terminating her parental rights.
Timothy J. Tupper of Tupper Law Firm, Davenport, for
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anna T. Stoeffler (until
withdrawal) and Mary A. Trick, Assistant Attorneys General,
for appellee State.
M. Fritz-Reyes, Davenport, attorney and guardian ad litem for
Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Bower, JJ.
mother appeals the order terminating her parental rights to
review proceedings terminating parental rights de novo."
In re A.M., 843 N.W.2d 100, 110 (Iowa 2014).
"We are not bound by the juvenile court's findings
of fact, but we do give them weight, especially in assessing
the credibility of witnesses." Id. (quoting
In re D.W., 791 N.W.2d 703, 706 (Iowa 2010)).
older half-sibling, G.H., was born in 2015 with
methamphetamine in his system, and the mother and G.H. were
involved in child-in-need-of assistance (CINA) proceedings.
G.H. is placed in the care of the maternal grandmother under
came to the attention of the department of human services
(DHS) at birth in December 2016 due to the mother's long
history of illegal drug use. The mother is able to maintain
her sobriety while in a structured environment for a few
months. The mother had entered a residential substance-abuse
treatment program in November 2016. C.H. did not have any
illegal substances in his system at birth but the mother
admitted that she used methamphetamine early in her
pregnancy. The mother relapsed in August 2017 but
self-reported and reengaged in treatment. However, she
struggled with maintaining sobriety.
was removed from his mother's custody in February 2018
and was adjudicated a CINA in April. The mother relapsed in
the summer of 2018 and did not engage in substance-abuse or
mental-health treatment after November 2018.
November 16, 2018 report to the court, DHS social worker
Brandi Durant stated:
[K.H.] has had DHS services in her life since February 2015.
She has attended treatment multiple times, and has completed
substance abuse treatment successfully in the past. [K.H.]
knows what her recovery plan is, and what she needs to do to
become and remain clean and sober. She has been unable to do
so for more than a few months at a time for the last [three
and one-half] years. It is clear her addiction is so great