Searching over 5,500,000 cases.


searching
Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.

In re H.B.

Court of Appeals of Iowa

December 18, 2019

IN THE INTEREST OF H.B., Minor Child, R.B., Mother, Appellant.

          Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, Emily Dean, District Associate Judge.

         A young mother appeals the order terminating her parental rights to her son.

          Heidi D. Van Winkle of Van Winkle Law Office, Burlington, for appellant mother.

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

          Joshua P. Schier of Cray Law Firm, PLC, Burlington, attorney and guardian ad litem for minor child.

          Considered by Doyle, P.J., and Tabor and Schumacher, JJ.

          TABOR, Judge.

         A mother, age twenty-two, appeals an order terminating her parental rights to H.B., her now three-year-old son. The juvenile court found the mother's substance abuse left her unable to safely parent her son. The mother, Ravin, challenges that finding. Ravin contends she is fully engaged in treatment and is not imminently likely to abuse or neglect her child. She also claims termination is not in H.B.'s best interests because of his strong bond with her. Because Ravin continued to test positive for cocaine, even after H.B. was removed from her care three times and was not forthcoming about her drug abuse, we agree termination of parental rights is necessary.[1]

         I. Facts and Prior Proceedings

         H.B. has been in and out of foster care. When H.B. was fourteen months old, he suffered a skull fracture after he pulled a "box-style television" onto his head. Ravin had been smoking marijuana and not supervising the toddler. At the hospital, H.B. tested positive for cocaine. The juvenile court approved the recommendation of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) to remove H.B. from Ravin's care in February 2018. Ravin participated in substance-abuse treatment and reunified with H.B. four months later.

         But shortly after their reunion, Ravin started avoiding contact with the DHS-though H.B. remained a child in need of assistance (CINA). Ravin quit substance-abuse treatment and left the state without notifying the DHS. With court approval, the DHS removed H.B. for the second time in August 2018.

         Ravin responded to the second removal by reinitiating treatment. By December 2018, the DHS believed it was safe again to return H.B. to her care.

         The return lasted less than two months because Ravin tested positive for cocaine. Ravin did not admit to the cocaine use. Instead, she insisted her exposure was "inadvertent"-suggesting when she was out drinking alcohol with friends she may have smoked someone else's cigarettes laced with cocaine. Since his third removal in February 2019, H.B. has remained in family foster care. Ravin was arrested for operating while intoxicated in March 2019.

         In April 2019, the State petitioned for termination of Ravin's parental rights. That same month, she entered Hope House for inpatient substance-abuse treatment. During the hearing in mid-June 2019, Ravin testified she could care for H.B. at Hope House. She also testified she was fifteen weeks pregnant. She reported the new ...


Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.