No. S137583.

59 Cal.Rptr.3d 460 (2007)

159 P.3d 49

In re JOSHUA S. et al., Persons Coming Under the Juvenile Court Law. Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Penny S. Defendant; Joshua S., et al., Appellants.

Supreme Court of California.

June 7, 2007.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Merrill Lee Toole, Monrovia, under appointment by the Supreme Court, for Appellants.

Laura Streimer, Lara J. Holtzman, Natasha Frost; Horvitz & Levy, David S. Ettinger and Mary-Christine Sungaila, Encino, for The Alliance for Children's Rights as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Appellants.

Lloyd W. Pelham and Raymond G. Fortner, Jr., County Counsel, Larry Cory, Assistant County Counsel, Stephanie Jo Farrell and William D. Thetford, Deputy County Counsel, for Plaintiff and Respondent.

Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Thomas R. Yanger, Assistant Attorney General, and Paul Reynaga, Deputy Attorney General, for Department of Social Services as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Respondent.

Jennifer B. Henning for California State Association of Counties as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Respondent.


Under California law, when a child has been adjudged to be a dependent of the juvenile court, "the court shall ... terminate its dependency jurisdiction" if "a relative of the child is appointed the [child's] legal guardian ... and the child has been placed with the relative for at least 12 months," unless "the relative guardian objects" or "upon a finding of exceptional circumstances." (Welf. & Inst.Code...


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