No. S150316.

70 Cal.Rptr.3d 358 (2008)

42 Cal.4th 901

174 P.3d 180

In re JAMES F., a Person Coming Under the Juvenile Court Law. Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Marcus M., Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

January 17, 2008.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John L. Dodd, under appointment by the Supreme Court, Tustin, and Ellen Forman Obstler, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant.

Raymond G. Fortner, Jr., County Counsel, Larry Cory and James M. Owens, Assistant County Counsel, Frank J. DaVanzo, Principal Deputy County Counsel, and Kim Nemoy, Deputy County Counsel, for Plaintiff and Respondent.

Jennifer B. Henning; John J. Sansone, County Counsel (San Diego), John E. Philips, Chief Deputy County Counsel and Paula J. Roach, Deputy County Counsel, for California State Association of Counties as Amici Curiae oh behalf of Plaintiff and Respondent.


In a dependency case (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 300 et seq.), the juvenile court may terminate a parent's interest in a child's companionship, care, and custody after the child has been removed from the parents' home, efforts to reunify the family have failed, and adoption has been identified as the permanent placement goal. (Id., § 366.26, subd. (b)(1); see In re Celine R. (2003...

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