Jul. 18, 2022 – In re Rylei S. (2nd Dist., Div. 7, B316877)

The Court of Appeal concludes the Department “completely failed to satisfy” its duty pursuant to WIC 224.2 to “make further inquiry regarding the possible Indian status of the child” despite the fact the Department had reason to believe an Indian child could be involved. The juvenile court erred by failing to ensure the Department had satisfied its duties prior to finding ICWA did not apply. The appellate court remands for full compliance with the inquiry and notice provisions of ICWA and related California law.