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For the second time in two weeks, the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal ruled that San Bernardino County Children and Family Services failed to follow a federal law to investigate Native American ancestry while terminating parental rights.

The mistake is the 21st of its kind in three years, and follows a published ruling March 23 in which the Fourth District Court of Appeal chastised the county agency and the San Bernardino Superior Court for failing in their obligations under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

“We publish our opinion not because the errors that occurred are novel but because they are too common,”

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