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Name: 366.26 termination hrg.
Summary

In an appeal from an order terminating parental rights pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 366.26, the Court of Appeal agreed with the parties that the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency and the juvenile court failed to comply with the inquiry requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act (25 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq.) (ICWA) and related California law because maternal and paternal extended family members were not asked about the child’s possible Indian ancestry. The error was not harmless. The court accepted a joint stipulation seeking a limited remand to the court for purposes of ICWA compliance.