Jun. 30, 2023 – In re D.P. (4th Dist., Div. 1, D081396)

Preliminarily, the Court of Appeal finds de facto parents have standing and are proper parties to the appeal. The siblings’ adoptive parents did not argue relative placement in the juvenile court and it was therefore forfeited on appeal. Even if the issue had been preserved, the siblings’ adoptive parents are not entitled to consideration under WIC 361.3 (the relative placement preference) because they are not relatives under the statute. The juvenile court did not abuse its discretion when it denied the siblings’ adoptive parents’ WIC 388 petition.