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Name: In re Karen C.
Case #: B151911
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 2
Opinion Date: 09/03/2002
Subsequent History: None

The 12-year-old minor appealed from an order denying her petition for an order determining the existence of a relationship between her and the only mother she had ever known. Although no formal adoption had occurred, Karen’s birthmother had given her to Leticia C. to raise. DCFS became involved when Karen was beaten by Leticia, who suffered from alcoholism and depression. Karen became a dependent and Letiticia was prohibited from becoming her foster parent or legally adopting her. On appeal, the minor contended that Leticia was her “presumed mother.” The appellate court agreed. The principles set forth in Nicholas H. apply with equal force to women. Therefore, the case had to be remanded for the taking of additional evidence in light of the Nicholas H. decision.