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Sacramento County Dept. of Health and Human Serv. v. Joann W., C058223

In a juvenile dependency action, juvenile court order removing defendant's son from her custody and denying her reunification services is affirmed where the court properly proceeded without Indian Child Welfare Act notice as a claim that a parent and minor may have Native American heritage is insufficient to trigger ICWA notice requirements if the claim is not accompanied by other information that would reasonably suggest the minor has Indian ancestry.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/14/2009
  • Published 04/14/2009




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • Konrad S. Lee, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, Riverside, for Defendant and Appellant., Robert A. Ryan, County Counsel, and Vicki J. Finucane, Deputy County Counsel, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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