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In re William B., G039351

In a case involving unfit parents who sought reunification services with children previously removed from their custody wherein the juvenile court denied services to the father, but, notwithstanding the "staggering amount" of services previously offered to the mother, decided to give her "one more chance" and ordered services to her, that judgment is reversed as to the mother and affirmed as to the father where: 1) there was no substantial evidence to support the juvenile court's finding, by clear and convincing evidence, that further services to the mother were in the children's best interest; and 2) focusing solely on the children's love for their mother cannot be a sufficient basis for a "best interest" finding.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/11/2008
  • Published 06/11/2008

Judges

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Benjamin P. de Mayo, County Counsel, Karen L. Christensen and Aurelio Torre, Deputy County Counsel, for Plaintiff and Appellant., Leslie A. Barry, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for the Minors and Appellants, William B. and Noah B.

  • For Appellees:
  • William D. Caldwell, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, Venice, for Defendant and Appellant Richard B., Linda Rehm, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Respondent C.C.
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