AB-1702: Juveniles & Dependent Children: Reunification Services

Session: 2015-2016
Author: Stone & Maienschein
Status: Signed into Law (Chaptered)
AAP-CA Position: Support
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Existing law provides that reunification services need not be provided to a parent or guardian when the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that a specified event has occurred, including that the child has been adjudicated a dependent as a result of severe sexual abuse or the infliction of severe physical harm to the child, a sibling, or a half sibling by a parent or guardian, and the court makes a factual finding that it would not benefit the child to pursue reunification services with the offending parent or guardian.

This bill would also provide that reunification services need not be provided when the court finds that the parent or guardian participated in, or consented to, the sexual exploitation of the child, except if the parent or guardian was coerced into consenting to, or participating in, the sexual exploitation of the child.

Existing law requires the court, if it does not order reunification services pursuant to specified provisions, to determine at the dispositional hearing if a hearing shall be set in order to determine the most appropriate plan for the child.

This bill would require the court to make that determination if it does not order reunification services because it found that the parent or guardian participated in, or consented to, the sexual exploitation or human trafficking of the child.

Letter of Support to Stone

Download AAP Positional Letter: Letter of Support to Maienschein