Feb. 14, 2023 – In re Jayden G. (2nd Dist., Div. 8, B321426)

The Department did not make a reasonably diligent effort to locate and adequately notice the alleged father. The Department’s formulaic search was not harmless beyond a reasonable doubt. The Department also failed to conduct an adequate initial inquiry into the child’s Indian ancestry. The matter is remanded for the Department to effectuate and complete a diligent search for the alleged father and complete its duty of inquiry.