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In re S.S.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

October 9, 2019

IN THE INTEREST OF S.S., Minor Child, A.S., Mother, Appellant.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cerro Gordo County, Adam D. Sauer, District Associate Judge.

         A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights.

          Barbara J. Westphal, Belmond, for appellant mother.

          Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

          Crystal Ely of McGuire Law Firm, Mason City, attorney and guardian ad litem for minor child.

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

          DANILSON, SENIOR JUDGE.

         A mother appeals the termination of her parental rights to her child, S.S. born in September 2018. The mother asserts she should be allowed an additional six months to achieve reunification and termination is not in the child's best interests.

         We review termination decisions de novo. In re A.B., 815 N.W.2d 764, 773 (Iowa 2012). The paramount concern in termination proceedings is the best interest of the child. In re J.E., 723 N.W.2d 793, 798 (Iowa 2006).

         The mother has had nine children, none of whom remain in her care. Her parental rights to her eight older children were terminated in 2016 due to the same issues presented here: unresolved domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental-health issues.

         S.S. was removed from the father and mother's[1] care in December following a domestic-abuse assault of the mother by father. The ensuing child-abuse assessment was founded for failure to provide adequate supervision. Other concerns noted were the father and mother's methamphetamine use, mother's continuing mental-health needs, inadequate housing, and unemployment.

         On January 18, 2019, the child was adjudicated a child in need of assistance. At the time of the adjudication, the father was incarcerated. The juvenile court continued the child's removal from the home because of the mother's "lack of parenting skills, and a lack of stability." The court ordered family safety, risk and permanency services; mental-health services; substance-abuse services; drug testing; referral to Family Treatment Court; and visitation. The child has remained in foster care since removal.

         Despite the services provided, in May 2019, the mother relapsed on methamphetamine and attempted suicide. She was involuntarily hospitalized for four days.

         A combined permanency and termination-of-parental-rights hearing was held on July 16, 2019. The mother requested additional time to seek reunification, noting she had obtained housing, was involved in individual and couples counseling, was employed (though not then working due to the seasonal nature of the work), and was fairly consistent in visiting the child. The child's guardian ad ...


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