Cal.Prob.Code § 1459.5


California Codes

Probate Code

Division 4. Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Proceedings

Part 1. Definitions and General Provisions

Chapter 2. General Provisions


§ 1459.5. Application of federal law to proceedings involving children of Indian ancestry


(a) The Indian Child Welfare Act (25 U.S.C. Sec. 1901 et seq.) shall apply to the following guardianship or conservatorship proceedings under this division when the proposed ward or conservatee is an Indian child:


(1) In any case in which the petition is a petition for guardianship of the person and the proposed guardian is not the natural parent or Indian custodian of the proposed ward, unless the proposed guardian has been nominated by the natural parents pursuant to Section 1500 and the parents retain the right to have custody of the child returned to them upon demand.


(2) To a proceeding to have an Indian child declared free from the custody and control of one or both parents brought in a guardianship proceeding.


(3) In any case in which the petition is a petition for conservatorship of the person of a minor whose marriage has been dissolved, the proposed conservator is seeking physical custody of the minor, the proposed conservator is not the natural parent or Indian custodian of the proposed conservatee and the natural parent or Indian custodian does not retain the right to have custody of the child returned to them upon demand.


(b) When the Indian Child Welfare Act applies to a proceeding under this division, the court shall apply Sections 224.3 to 224.6, inclusive, and Sections 305.5, 361.31, and 361.7 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and the following rules from the California Rules of Court, as they read on January 1, 2005:


(1) Paragraph (7) of subdivision (b) of Rule 1410.


(2) Subdivision (i) of Rule 1412.


(c) In the provisions cited in subdivision (b), references to social workers, probation officers, county welfare department, or probation department shall be construed as meaning the party seeking a foster care placement, guardianship, or adoption.


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(Added by Stats.2006, c. 838 (S.B.678), § 18.)

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