Jan. 5, 2023 – In re D.B. (4th Dist., Div. 2, E079380)

In an appeal from the termination of parental rights, the Court of Appeal agrees that the Department failed to comply with its duty of initial inquiry into father’s Indian ancestry. Applying the standard set forth in In re Benjamin M. (2022) 70 Cal.App.5th 735, the court finds the error prejudicial and conditionally reverses the matter to allow the Department to fully comply with the ICWA.