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In re E.B.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

October 9, 2019

IN THE INTEREST OF E.B., Minor Child, K.K. n/k/a K.B., Mother, Appellant.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Appanoose County, William S. Owens, Associate Juvenile Judge.

         A mother appeals the juvenile court order terminating her parental rights.

          Jonathan Willier, Centerville, for appellant mother.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Anna T. Stoeffler (until withdrawal) and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorneys General, for appellee State.

          Julie De Vries of De Vries Law Office, PLC, Centerville, guardian ad litem for minor child.

          Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Greer, J., and Carr, S.J. [*]

          CARR, SENIOR JUDGE.

         A mother appeals the juvenile court order terminating her parental rights. We find there is clear and convincing evidence in the record to support termination of the mother's parental rights and termination is in the child's best interests. We affirm the decision of the juvenile court.

         I. Background Facts & Proceedings

         K.K. is the mother and J.B. is the father of E.B., born in 2018. The family came to the attention of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) on May 13, 2018, when the parents were discovered to have a large amount of methamphetamine in their vehicle. The child was in the vehicle at the time. The parents were arrested.[1] The mother tested positive for methamphetamine, and the father admitted to drug use. The child was placed in the care of a maternal aunt.

         The juvenile court adjudicated the child to be in need of assistance (CINA), pursuant to Iowa Code section 232.2(6)(2)(c) and (n) (2018). The mother was inconsistent in her participation in services and also in her attendance in an outpatient substance-abuse treatment program. The mother relapsed and used methamphetamine in February 2019. She did not participate in recommended individual therapy for mental-health concerns. Additionally, the mother was not consistent in visiting the child; she had no visits for about four months, from November 2018 until March 2019.

         On April 12, 2019, the State filed a petition for termination of parental rights. Although there were concerns about domestic abuse in the parents' relationship, the mother married the father on May 1. The mother testified she and the father were not living together. Because the father had little participation in services and did not receive treatment for substance abuse, he was not approved to have contact with the child. The mother completed a substance-abuse treatment program shortly before the termination hearing, held on May 16. She testified she planned to start attending individual therapy in the near future.

         The juvenile court terminated the mother's parental rights under section 232.116(1)(e) and (h) (2019).[2] The court found the mother had not maintained significant and meaningful contact with the child and she was "no closer to having [the child] returned to her today than she was when the child was removed." The court determined the mother should not be granted additional time, termination was in the child's best interests, and none of the exceptions in section 232.116(3) should be applied. The mother appeals.

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