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Name: In re Mary C.
Case #: A157256
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 1 DCA
Division: 4
Opinion Date: 05/04/2020

Substantial evidence supported the conclusion that the minors were likely to be adopted despite their special needs, where the caretakers who had been caring for them for 17 months wished to adopt them. Parents appealed from the termination of their parental rights, contending that substantial evidence did not support the findings that the minors were adoptable. They argued that the 3 and 5-year-old minors had too many special needs to be generally adoptable, and should not have been found specifically adoptable because the Department's 366.26 report failed to contain sufficient information about the prospective adoptive mother, and contained no…

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Name: In re J.W.
Case #: B287940
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 6
Opinion Date: 08/16/2018

Court affirmed holding that minor with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) was likely to be adopted. During dependency jurisdiction, the minor had 12 separate placements, including an out of state placement with relatives and two placements in a therapeutic setting to evaluate and stabilize him. He was bonded to his fost-adopt parents who had cared for him for 10 months. His diagnosis was ADHD, anxiety, and RAD. At the permanency plan hearing, the trial court found him "specifically adoptable" and terminated parental rights. On appeal, mother argued that the finding that the minor was…

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Name: In re D.M.
Case #: D060598
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 4 DCA
Division: 1
Opinion Date: 04/24/2012

Minor lacked standing to challenge the adoptability of younger siblings because their adoptability did not affect his rights. The 10-year old minor, Tomas, appealed a judgment terminating parental rights over his younger half-siblings and choosing adoption as their permanent plan, challenging their adoptability as well as the inapplicability of the sibling relationship exception. The appellate court found sufficient evidence to support the court's assessment that the sibling relationship exception did not apply. Although the minors had a pleasant relationship most of the time, Tomas did not show that the termination of the sibling relationship would be sufficiently…

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Name: In re Michael G.
Case #: D060107
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 4 DCA
Division: 1
Opinion Date: 02/14/2012

Juvenile court properly terminated parental rights where sufficient evidence supported the conclusion that the minor was adoptable and no evidence supported an exception to adoption. On appeal from parental rights termination, parents argued that the Department's adoption assessment report was inadequate and that the court should have granted a brief continuance to allow the social worker time to receive updated reports concerning the minor and to further assess his adoptability in that context. The appellate court found that it was error not to have ordered a brief continuance, but that the error was harmless in light of other information supporting…

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