IN THE INTEREST OF J.P., G.P., J.H., and L.H., Minor Children, K.W., Mother, Appellant, J.H., Father of J.H. and L.H., Appellant.
from the Iowa District Court for Franklin County, Peter B.
Newell, District Associate Judge.
mother and father separately appeal the juvenile court's
termination of their parental rights.
William P. Baresel of Prichard Law Office, PC, Charles City,
for appellant mother.
A. Milder, Denver, for appellant father of J.H. and L.H.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Mary A. Triick, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee State.
Michelle Sigmeth Roberts, Clarion, attorney and guardian ad
litem for minor children.
Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Greer, JJ.
mother appeals from the termination of her parental rights to
four children, J.P., G.P., J.H., and L.H. The father of J.H.
and L.H. also appeals the termination of his
rights. Both parents challenge the statutory
grounds authorizing termination. The father also argues
termination was not in the children's best interests.
review termination proceedings de novo. In re P.L.,
778 N.W.2d 33, 40 (Iowa 2010). "We will uphold an order
terminating parental rights where there is clear and
convincing evidence of the statutory grounds for termination.
Evidence is clear and convincing when there is no serious or
substantial doubt as to the correctness of the conclusions of
law drawn from the evidence." In re T.S., 868
N.W.2d 425, 431 (Iowa Ct. App. 2015) (citing In re
D.W., 791 N.W.2d 703, 706 (Iowa 2010)).
generally use a three-step analysis to review the termination
of parents' rights. In re A.S., 906 N.W.2d 467,
472 (Iowa 2018). We determine: (1) whether grounds for
termination have been established, (2) whether termination is
in the children's best interests, and (3) whether we
should exercise any of the permissive exceptions to
termination. Id. at 472-73. However, if a parent
does not challenge a step in our analysis, we need not
respect to the mother, the juvenile court found grounds for
termination under Iowa Code section 232.116(1)(f) and
(l) (2019). However, the mother only challenges the
juvenile court's finding with respect to paragraph (f).
Because the mother does not challenge the statutory grounds
under paragraph (l), we find the statutory grounds
authorizing termination satisfied under section
232.116(1)(l). See In re N.S., No. 14-1375,
2014 WL 5253291, at *3 (Iowa Ct. App. Oct. 15, 2014). And
because the mother brings no other challenge to the juvenile
court's termination analysis, our analysis with respect
to her appeal is complete.
respect to the father, the juvenile court terminated his
parental rights pursuant to section 232.116(1)(f). Section
232.116(1)(f) authorizes ...