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In re S.G.
Once minor parent consistently failed to utilize reunification services, termination of parental rights was appropriate to protect the child's need for prompt resolution of his custody.
Dependency 2DCA/3 Apr. 1, 2024
In re Ca.M.
Appellate court did not need to review the sufficiency of domestic violence evidence to uphold removal order because there was ample evidence the children were at risk from father's alcohol abuse.
Dependency 2DCA/5 Mar. 20, 2024
F.K. v. Superior Court (Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services)
Juvenile court was not required to terminate reunification services after six months even though it found mother had not substantially complied with her case plan.
Dependency 2DCA/6 Mar. 19, 2024
In re F.V.
There was insufficient evidence of future risk to minor--who was sent into the U.S. alone when her father was unable to cross the border--to support juvenile court's jurisdiction.
Dependency 2DCA/1 Mar. 7, 2024
In re Samantha F.
Duty of inquiry about child's possible Native American ancestry extended to all available family members regardless of how child was removed from custody.
Dependency 4DCA/2 Feb. 26, 2024
In re H.D.
Because under Welfare and Institutions Code Section 311 "probation officer" was analogous to "social worker," juvenile court had authority to issue restraining order against juvenile's mother.
Dependency 4DCA/1 Feb. 16, 2024
In re Lilianna C.
Welfare and Institutions Code Section 213.5 allows the juvenile court to issue permanent restraining order in situations in which the petition was filed by someone other than a probation officer.
Dependency 2DCA/2 Feb. 12, 2024
In re R.M.
Juvenile court improperly made minor a dependent child where parents were incarcerated for murder but capable of making preparations for relatives to care for the child.
Dependency 2DCA/3 Feb. 1, 2024
In re A.K.
Order terminating biological father's parental rights was reversed after juvenile court and County agency failed to follow statutorily-mandated notice requirements.
Dependency 3DCA Jan. 31, 2024
In re P.H., Jr.
Indian Child Welfare Act did not require tribal notice of dependency proceedings without a reason to know the child was a Native child despite statements regarding parents' possible tribal ancestry.
Dependency 2DCA/5 Jan. 17, 2024
L.C. v. Superior Court (Los Angeles County Dept. of Children and Family Services)
Because the mother had been sober and stayed in contact, there was not substantial evidence supporting the juvenile court's finding that minor was at a substantial risk of detriment.
Dependency 2DCA/7 Jan. 17, 2024
In re L.B.
Juvenile court's refusal to apply Welfare and Institutions Code Section 361.5(b)(13)'s bypass provision (for resisting substance abuse treatment) to determine eligibility for reunification services was erroneous.
Dependency 5DCA Jan. 11, 2024
In re L.B.
Inquiry into dependent child's possible Native ancestry was inadequate where the record indicated the existence of extended family members that were not asked whether the child was a Native child.
Dependency 1DCA/4 Jan. 3, 2024
In re N.R.
For purposes of obtaining dependency court jurisdiction, parental substance abuse does not require medical professional diagnosis.
Dependency CASC Dec. 15, 2023
In re Kayla W.
Court did not violate UCCJEA in terminating parental rights without consulting Nevada court, which had already relinquished jurisdiction.
Dependency 2DCA/3 Nov. 16, 2023
In re R.Q.
Order placing dependent minor with mere biological father was appropriate despite presumed father's objection where that placement was consistent with the best interest of the child.
Dependency 4DCA/2 Oct. 18, 2023
In re C.L.
Under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the duty to inquire of extended family members regarding the child's ancestry applies when removal is made with or without warrant.
Dependency 3DCA Oct. 16, 2023
In re Jose C.
Parent's failure to appeal order terminating jurisdiction, which included ruling on custody order, mooted his appeal.
Dependency 2DCA/7 Oct. 11, 2023
In re N.F.
Section 388 petition to reinstate reunification services could not be used to allege Indian Child Welfare Act violation that had been part of a permanency order decided a year prior.
Dependency 2DCA/3 Sep. 7, 2023
In re V.C.
Rejecting other appellate opinions to the contrary, the duty to make ICWA inquiry of "extended family members" applies even if the children were not taken into "temporary custody" pursuant to Section 306.
Dependency 1DCA/2 Sep. 7, 2023
In re R.F.
Because notice to grandmother regarding her grandchildren's emergency removal from her care was inadequate, her objection to the removal was not untimely.
Dependency 4DCA/2 Aug. 23, 2023
In re Jayden M.
The reasonableness of a parent's efforts to address a problem that led to termination of parental rights is to be measured from the point at which the first sibling or half sibling is removed for the same reasons that underlie the current case.
Dependency 2DCA/2 Jul. 31, 2023
In re Delila D.
Social worker had a duty to inquire as to a child's possible Native American ancestry regardless of how the child was removed--with or without a warrant.
Dependency 4DCA/2 Jul. 25, 2023
In re M.D.
Assuming dependency jurisdiction was appropriate where evidence showed jurisdiction was based on conditions that posed a risk of harm to the child and not solely the father's indigence.
Dependency 4DCA/1 Jul. 21, 2023
In re D.P.
Adoptive parents of dependent child's siblings were not entitled to relative placement preference because they were not relatives entitled to the preference under the plain language of the statute.
Dependency 4DCA/1 Jul. 3, 2023
In re H.B.
Family services department's inquiry under ICWA into child's potential Indian heritage was adequate where the department asked two generations of relatives from both sides of the family about such heritage.
Dependency 2DCA/8 Jun. 21, 2023
In re Damari Y.
Father entitled to hearing on petition to modify order terminating reunification services where new evidence showed his incarceration during COVID-19 pandemic may have denied him access to reasonable reunification services.
Dependency 1DCA/2 Jun. 20, 2023
Modification: In re S.F
Child was improperly removed from father's physical custody when presented evidence could not meet heightened standard required for removal.
Dependency 1DCA/1 Jun. 12, 2023
In re Jonathan C.M.
Nonminor dependent's best interests must be considered before terminating the juvenile court's continuing jurisdiction despite the nonminor dependent's lack of participation in a transitional independent living case plan.
Dependency 1DCA/2 May 25, 2023
In re I.E.
Mother could not show that parental benefit exception applied because there was no evidence of the type of attachment that would cause her daughter to suffer if parental rights were terminated.
Dependency 4DCA/2 May 19, 2023