Dec. 12, 2022 – In re A.C. (2nd Dist., Div. 5, B319752)

The Court of Appeal accepts the parties’ stipulation and conditionally reverses the order terminating parental rights. On remand, the Department is to make ICWA inquiry of a non-related extended family member and available maternal and paternal family members. The dissenting opinion argues appellate review should be appropriately deferential and should look to the sufficiency of the evidence to ascertain whether an adequate inquiry has been made to determine whether a child is an Indian child.