Apr. 11, 2023 – In re Damian L. (5th Dist., F083805)

In an appeal by the Department, the Court of Appeal agrees that the juvenile court erred when it ordered the Department to provide additional reunification services to mother. Reunification services are limited by the 18-month period calculated from the date the child was originally taken from the physical custody of their parent. A period of family maintenance services after a child’s initial removal does not alter the statutory time limit for reunification services.