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Name: In re Salvador M.
Case #: F042652
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 5 DCA
Opinion Date: 08/14/2003
Subsequent History: None

The eight-year-old minor in this case was living with Monica, the woman he believed to be his mother, when CPS placed him in protective custody. He was bonded to Monica and to Monica’s children, who he believed were his siblings. In fact, Monica was his sister, who had raised him since the age of three when their mother was killed in a car accident. The minor believed Monica was his mother, and everyone outside the family also believed Monica was his mother. A petition was sustained, and Monica was denied reunification services with the minor because she was not his mother. The appellate court here reversed. Monica was the minor’s presumed mother, and the juvenile court was required to order a plan of reunification services.