Jun. 29, 2022 – In re M.B. (2nd Dist., Div. 7, B312789)

In an appeal from the termination of parental rights, the Court finds the Department failed to conduct an adequate inquiry into possible Indian ancestry and the juvenile court failed to ensure the ICWA investigation was adequate. The Court rejects the Department’s efforts to moot mother’s appeal by conducting further interviews of maternal relatives while the appeal was pending.