- Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
- Area(s) of Law: Indian Law
- Date Filed: 12-19-2012
- Case #: A150794
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Schuman, P.J., for the Court; Wollheim, J.; and Nakamoto, J.
- Full Text Opinion
Father appealed the lower court's allowance of a permanency plan for adoption. Child, S, and Mother are members of an Alaskan native tribe. Father began sexual relations with Mother when she was only fourteen and S was the result of these relations. DHS took custody of S from Mother, and Father was arrested for sexual assault of a minor due to his relations with Mother. Father's primary argument is that the court erred in not requiring DHS to show active efforts to provide remedial services to avoid the break up of an Indian family under ORS 419B.476(2)(a) and that he was not notified of S's move to his current adoptive placement. The Court of Appeals ultimately rejected these contentions and held that the remedial services were only necessary if the permanency plan was for reunification purposes, not adoption, and Father did, in fact, receive notice of the new placement. Affirmed.