K.A., In Interest of, No. 93-1198

CourtCourt of Appeals of Iowa
Writing for the CourtConsidered by HAYDEN, P.J., HABHAB, J., and PETERSON; HAYDEN
Citation516 N.W.2d 35
PartiesIn the Interest of K.A., J.A.S., L.S., Minor Children. C.A.-S., Mother, Appellant.
Docket NumberNo. 93-1198
Decision Date25 February 1994

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516 N.W.2d 35
In the Interest of K.A., J.A.S., L.S., Minor Children.
C.A.-S., Mother, Appellant.
No. 93-1198.
Court of Appeals of Iowa.
Feb. 25, 1994.

Christine L. Crilley of Ackley, Kopecky & Kingery, Cedar Rapids, for appellant.

Bonnie J. Campbell, Atty. Gen., John M. Parmeter, Sp. Asst. Atty. Gen., and Kathrine S. Miller-Todd, Asst. Atty. Gen., for appellee State.

Carolyn J. Beyer, of Wenzel, Piersall & Harms, P.C., Cedar Rapids, for appellees minor children.

Michael W. Fay of the Fay Law Office, Cedar Rapids, for father of K.A.

Robert Kimm, Cedar Rapids, for father of J.A.S. and L.S.

Considered by HAYDEN, P.J., HABHAB, J., and PETERSON, Senior Judge. *

HAYDEN, Presiding Judge.

The natural mother, Connie, appeals the termination of her parental rights to her three minor children: Kassandra, born March 24, 1984; Joshua, born March 22, 1985; and Lacey, born March 30, 1989. Terry is the biological father of Kassandra. Earl is the adoptive father of Joshua and the biological father of Lacey.

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) became involved with Connie, Earl, and the three children in September 1991. At that time a physical abuse report was founded on Kassandra and Joshua. The report named Earl as the perpetrator of the physical abuse. A denial of critical care of all three children and a physical abuse report with respect to Kassandra were founded against Connie. The denial of critical care report was based on inadequate supervision. On November 25, 1991, an emergency removal order was issued, and the children were placed in foster care. The juvenile court confirmed the removal on December 9, 1991, and cautioned Connie to work toward reunification with her children or the court would

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consider the request of Terry's family that Kassandra be placed with them.

On January 29, 1992, the three children were adjudicated in need of assistance (CINA) pursuant to Iowa Code sections 232.2(6)(b) and (c)(2). The children were placed in the custody of DHS for purpose of foster care placement.

On March 19 and April 6, 1992, dispositional hearings were held. Kassandra was placed in the custody of her paternal grandparents, and Terry was granted unsupervised visitation. Joshua and Lacey remained in foster care. Connie was granted supervised visitation with the children. The case plan called for Connie to establish a stable residence and visible means of support, show money management and budgeting skills, complete a substance abuse evaluation and follow through with any recommendations, address issues of her abusive relationships with men, and maintain regular contact with her children. The court noted Kassandra's placement was effective for approximately ninety days and if Connie did not work in earnest on the case plan, the court would consider placing Kassandra in Terry's home on a long-term basis.

On June 11, 1992, the juvenile court reviewed its dispositional orders. The court noted Connie had recently obtained employment and secured housing for July. She, however, had failed to follow through on substance abuse recommendations or meet with her therapist and had only consistently visited the children for the previous couple of weeks. The court ordered Joshua and Lacey remain in foster care and ordered Kassandra be placed with Terry under the protective supervision of DHS. The court reviewed the case in September and December and maintained these placements.

The State filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of Connie and Earl on February 24, 1993. At the pretrial conference Earl consented to the termination of his parental rights relating to Joshua and Lacey.

On April 26, 1993, a termination hearing was held. Connie did not appear personally, and her motion to continue was denied. DHS and Lutheran Social Services workers testified Connie had made some progress in relation to the case plan but had not achieved overall stability or addressed issues of her alcohol abuse and abusive relationships with men. The hearing could not be completed on that date. On May 10, 1993, Connie moved to continue the hearing, asserting she was presently undergoing inpatient alcohol treatment. The motion was orally reasserted at the May 14 hearing, but was denied. The juvenile court found Connie's veracity questionable and concluded a continuance was not in the best interests of the children.

Connie did attend the afternoon session of the May 14 hearing and testified concerning her ongoing treatment and her hope the court would give her another...

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  • State v. Schnieders, No. 14–1675.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Iowa
    • July 9, 2015
    ...that a parent retains no liberty interest in involvement in a child's life following termination of parental rights. See In re K.A., 516 N.W.2d 35, 38 (Iowa Ct.App.1994). However, Schnieders's parental rights had not been terminated at the time of sentencing and, thus, this argument offers ......
  • In re T.S., No. 13–0075.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Iowa
    • March 27, 2013
    ...may look at a parent's past performance in determining whether a continuance of termination proceedings should be granted.” In re K.A., 516 N.W.2d 35, 37 (Iowa Ct.App.1994). The juvenile court determined granting an extension of time to the father would not be in the best interests of the c......
  • State v. Schnieders, No. 14-1675
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Iowa
    • July 9, 2015
    ...that a parent retains no liberty interest in involvement in a child's life following termination of parental rights. See In re K.A., 516 N.W.2d 35, 38 (Iowa Ct. App. 1994). However, Schnieders's parental rights hadPage 10not been terminated at the time of sentencing and, thus, this argument......
  • In re T.S., No. 3-235 / 13-0075
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Iowa
    • March 27, 2013
    ...may look at a parent's past performance in determining whether a continuance of termination proceedings should be granted." In re K.A., 516 N.W.2d 35, 37 (Iowa Ct. App. 1994). The juvenile court determined granting an extension of time to the father would not be in the best interests of the......
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  • State v. Schnieders, No. 14–1675.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Iowa
    • July 9, 2015
    ...that a parent retains no liberty interest in involvement in a child's life following termination of parental rights. See In re K.A., 516 N.W.2d 35, 38 (Iowa Ct.App.1994). However, Schnieders's parental rights had not been terminated at the time of sentencing and, thus, this argument offers ......
  • In re T.S., No. 13–0075.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Iowa
    • March 27, 2013
    ...may look at a parent's past performance in determining whether a continuance of termination proceedings should be granted.” In re K.A., 516 N.W.2d 35, 37 (Iowa Ct.App.1994). The juvenile court determined granting an extension of time to the father would not be in the best interests of the c......
  • State v. Schnieders, No. 14-1675
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Iowa
    • July 9, 2015
    ...that a parent retains no liberty interest in involvement in a child's life following termination of parental rights. See In re K.A., 516 N.W.2d 35, 38 (Iowa Ct. App. 1994). However, Schnieders's parental rights hadPage 10not been terminated at the time of sentencing and, thus, this argument......
  • In re T.S., No. 3-235 / 13-0075
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Iowa
    • March 27, 2013
    ...may look at a parent's past performance in determining whether a continuance of termination proceedings should be granted." In re K.A., 516 N.W.2d 35, 37 (Iowa Ct. App. 1994). The juvenile court determined granting an extension of time to the father would not be in the best interests of the......
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