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Name: Rosa S. v. Superior court
Case #: G030556
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 4 DCA
Division: 3
Opinion Date: 08/05/2002
Subsequent History: Modified on 8/20/02 without change in judgment.

The minor was first removed from her mother in 1999 and was returned on Family Maintenance 12 months later following mother’s successful completion of a reunification program, which included substance abuse rehabilitation. Six months later, dependency jurisdiction was terminated. In February of 2002, a new dependency action began when the grandparents reported that mother had been gone for a month. The grandparents believed that mother was abusing drugs again. The petition was sustained, and at a disposition hearing, mother was denied reunification services pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 361.5, subdivision (a). Here, the appellate court reversed that order. A parent is not precluded from receiving reunification services solely because she received 18 months of services in a previous dependency proceeding where she successfully reunified with her child. None of the 15 exceptions to section 361.5 authorizes denial of reunification under these circumstances.