California : Family Code: 7800-7808
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7800. The purpose of this part is to serve the welfare and best interest of a child by providing the stability and security of an adoptive home when those conditions are otherwise missing from the child's life.
7801. This part shall be liberally construed to serve and protect the interests and welfare of the child.
7802. A proceeding may be brought under this part for the purpose of having a minor child declared free from the custody and control of either or both parents.
7803. A declaration of freedom from parental custody and control pursuant to this part terminates all parental rights and responsibilities with regard to the child.
7804. In a proceeding under this part, the court may appoint a suitable party to act in behalf of the child and may order such further notice of the proceedings to be given as the court deems proper.
7805. (a) A petition filed in a proceeding under this part, or a report of the probation officer or county department designated by the board of supervisors to administer the public social services program filed in a proceeding under this part, may be inspected only by the following persons:
(1) Court personnel.(b) In a proceeding before the court of appeal or Supreme Court to review a judgment or order entered in a proceeding under this part, the court record and briefs filed by the parties may be inspected only by the following persons:
(2) The child who is the subject of the proceeding.
(3) The parents or guardian of the child.
(4) The attorneys for the parties.
(5) Any other person designated by the judge.
(1) Court personnel.(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if it is believed that the welfare of the child will be promoted thereby, the court and the probation officer may furnish information, pertaining to a petition under this part, to any of the following:
(2) A party to the proceeding.
(3) The attorneys for the parties.
(4) Any other person designated by the presiding judge of the court before which the matter is pending.
(1) The State Department of Social Services.7806. There shall be no filing fee charged for a proceeding brought under this part.
(2) A county welfare department.
(3) A public welfare agency.
(4) A private welfare agency licensed by the State Department of Social Services.
7807. Sections 3020, 3022, 3040 to 3043, inclusive, and 3409 do not apply in a proceeding under this part.
7808. This part does not apply to a minor adjudged a dependent child of the juvenile court pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 360 of the Welfare and Institutions Code on and after January 1, 1989, during the period in which the minor is a dependent child of the court. For those minors, the exclusive means for the termination of parental rights are provided in the following statutes:
(a) Section 366.26 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(b) Sections 8604 to 8606, inclusive, and 8700 of this code.
(c) Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 7660) of Part 3 of this division of this code.
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