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Name: In re Jasmin C.
Case #: B160150
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 8
Opinion Date: 02/11/2003
Subsequent History: None

The minor was detained because of assaultive behavior by father. Both parents submitted on the social worker’s report and the court found jurisdiction under section 300. The children were placed with mother, under a family maintenance agreement, because father was out of the home. Father was granted reunification services and ordered into anger management counseling. The court order for mother, who was described as “non-offending,” including parenting education. On appeal, mother challenged the order requiring her to attending parenting education classes. The appellate court reversed the order. Mother was non-offending and had neither abused her children, nor failed to protect them. Father’s rampage was an isolated incident perpetrated only by him. The minors had never left their mother’s custody. The Department’s assumption that mother could not be an effective single parent without classes is belied by common sense and experience in 21st century America. There was no justification presented for ordering parenting education classes, which would have been a strain on the family.