No. B252999.

228 Cal.App.4th 1322 (2014)

176 Cal. Rptr. 3d 468

In re ALEXANDRIA P., a Person Coming Under the Juvenile Court Law. LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. J.E., Defendant and Respondent; R.P. et al., Objectors and Appellants; CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA, Intervener and Respondent.

Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Five.

August 15, 2014.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Lori Alvino McGill ; Latham & Watkins, Pamela S. Palmer , Stephanie N. Grace and Ming M. Zhu for Objectors and Appellants.

Covington & Burling, Mark W. Mosier , David Schraub and Richard A. Jones for Professor Joan Hollinger, Northern California Association of Counsel for Children, and Advokids as Amici Curiae on behalf of Objectors and Appellants.

John F. Krattli , County Counsel, Dawyn R. Harrison , Assistant County Counsel, and Kim Nemoy , Deputy County Counsel, for Plaintiff and Respondent.

Law Offices of Joanne Willis Newton and Joanne Willis Newton , under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Respondent.

Christopher Blake , under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for minor Alexandria P.

Melissa L. Middleton for Intervener and Respondent.



This case involves the placement preferences set forth in the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) (25 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq.).1 At issue is whether the dependency court properly applied the ICWA in finding that the foster parents of an Indian child failed to prove good cause to deviate from the ICWA's adoptive placement preferences.

A 17-month-old Indian child was removed...

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