The Court of Appeal held that the juvenile court erred when it terminated parental rights without asking the children’s extended family members about the children’s possible Indian ancestry. The error was not harmless. The court conditionally reversed the juvenile court’s finding that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) does not apply and remanded for compliance with the inquiry and documentation provisions set forth in ICWA.
Name: Fresno County Department of Social Services v. Stacy V.
Case #: F084259
Opinion Date: 12/27/2022
Attorney: S. Lynne Klein