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Name: In re B.F.
Case #: D057506
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 4 DCA
Division: 1
Opinion Date: 12/06/2010

The juvenile court erred when it gave the de facto parents access to the mother’s psychological evaluation. Mother appealed the juvenile court order granting a Welfare and Institutions Code section 827 petition authorizing the release of her psychological evaluation to the de facto parents, contending that the court abused its discretion by allowing the de facto parents access. The appellate court agreed and reversed the order. The juvenile court’s decision reflected a misapprehension of the law and rights of the de facto parents. The juvenile court mischaracterized the de facto parents as significant participants instead of temporary caregivers. The de facto parents had no legitimate interest in seeing the evaluations and no right to receive the agency’s reports. Mother had the right to expect the evaluation would not be disseminated to others.