Oct. 21, 2022 – Adoption of M.R. (3rd Dist., C095856)

Pursuant to Family Code 7820 or 7822 or Probate Code 1516.5, the court, petitioner, and court-appointed investigator have an affirmative and continuing duty to inquire whether the child is, or might be, an Indian child. The Court of Appeal finds the trial court made neither express nor implied findings as to application of the ICWA as required by law. The court conditionally reverses and remands for ICWA compliance.