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Name: In re Fernando M.
Case #: B184836
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 8
Opinion Date: 04/11/2006

The four-month old minor was placed with his maternal grandmother, Christina, as a dependent of the court. Christina also had custody of the minor’s siblings. Both mother and Christina had requested that legal guardianship be the minor’s permanent plan. The court, instead, ordered adoption as the permanent plan and terminated parental rights. The appellate court reversed, finding that the juvenile court did not consider the effect that adoption would have on the relationship between the minor and his siblings. Further, the minor was in a stable environment with a relative who did not wish to adopt, and therefore exceptional circumstances existed to justify an exception to adoption.