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Name: In re Derrick S.
Case #: A116871
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 1 DCA
Division: 2
Opinion Date: 10/25/2007

A juvenile court may terminate services at any point before the statutory maximum time period, regardless of the age of the minor. The minor appealed an order denying his motion that his mother not receive an additional five months of services. The juvenile court held that his mother was entitled to services because In re Aryanna C. applied only to minors under the age of three. The minor argued on appeal that a parent of a child over the age of three is not entitled to a minimum of twelve months of services, but rather the length of services is within the discretion of the court. The minor asked that the court extend the principle of Aryanna C. to minors over the age of three. The appellate court agreed with the minor and reversed. The language in the statute that services shall not exceed twelve months sets only an outside limit. It does not command twelve months of services. The juvenile court had the discretion to terminate services at the six-month review hearing, and reversal was therefore required.