Section 293

The social worker or probation officer shall give notice of the review hearings held pursuant to Section 366.21, 366.22, or 366.25 in the following manner:

(a)

Notice of the hearing shall be given to the following persons:

(1)

The mother.

(2)

The presumed father or any father receiving services.

(3)

The legal guardian or guardians.

(4)

The child, if the child is 10 years of age or older.

(5)

Any known sibling of the child who is the subject of the hearing if that sibling either is the subject of a dependency proceeding or has been adjudged to be a dependent child of the juvenile court. If the sibling is 10 years of age or older, the sibling, the siblings caregiver, and the siblings attorney. If the sibling is under 10 years of age, the siblings caregiver and the siblings attorney. However, notice is not required to be given to any sibling whose matter is calendared in the same court on the same day.

(6)

In the case of a child removed from the physical custody of his or her parent or legal guardian, the current caregiver of the child, including the foster parents, relative caregivers, preadoptive parents, nonrelative extended family members, community care facility, or foster family agency having custody of the child. In a case in which a foster family agency is notified of the hearing pursuant to this section, and the child resides in a foster home certified by the foster family agency, the foster family agency shall provide timely notice of the hearing to the childs caregivers.

(7)

Each attorney of record if that attorney was not present at the time that the hearing was set by the court.

(b)

No notice is required for a parent whose parental rights have been terminated. On and after January 1, 2012, in the case of a nonminor dependent, as described in subdivision (v) of Section 11400, no notice is required for a parent.

(c)

The notice of hearing shall be served not earlier than 30 days, nor later than 15 days, before the hearing.

(d)

The notice shall contain a statement regarding the nature of the hearing to be held and any change in the custody or status of the child being recommended by the supervising agency. If the notice is to the child, parent or parents, or legal guardian or guardians, the notice shall also advise them of the right to be present, the right to be represented by counsel, the right to request counsel, and the right to present evidence. The notice shall also state that if the parent or parents or legal guardian or guardians fail to appear, the court may proceed without them.

(e)

Service of the notice shall be by first-class mail addressed to the last known address of the person to be noticed or by personal service on the person. Service of a copy of the notice shall be by personal service or by certified mail, return receipt requested, or any other form of notice that is equivalent to service by first-class mail. Except as provided in subdivisions (g), (h), and (i), notice may be served by electronic mail in lieu of notice by first-class mail if the county, or city and county, and the court choose to permit service by electronic mail and the person to be served has consented to service by electronic mail by signing Judicial Council Form EFS-005.

(f)

Notice to the current caregiver of the child, including a foster parent, a relative caregiver, a preadoptive parent, or a nonrelative extended family member, or to a certified foster parent who has been approved for adoption, or the State Department of Social Services when it is acting as an adoption agency or by a county adoption agency, shall indicate that the person notified may attend all hearings or may submit any information he or she deems relevant to the court in writing.

(g)

If the social worker or probation officer knows or has reason to know that an Indian child is involved, notice shall be given in accordance with Section 224.2.

(h)

Except as provided in subdivision (i), if notice is required to be provided to a child pursuant to paragraph (4) or (5) of subdivision (a), written notice may be served on the child by electronic mail only if all of the following requirements are satisfied:

(1)

The county, or city and county, and the court choose to permit service by electronic mail.

(2)

The child is 16 years of age or older.

(3)

The child has consented to service by electronic mail by signing Judicial Council Form EFS-005.

(4)

The attorney for the child has consented to service of the minor by electronic mail by signing Judicial Council Form EFS-005.

(i)

If notice is required to be provided to a child pursuant to paragraph (4) or (5) of subdivision (a), written notice may be served on the child by electronic mail as well as by regular mail if all of the following requirements are satisfied:

(1)

The county, or city and county, and the court choose to permit service by electronic mail.

(2)

The child is 14 or 15 years of age.

(3)

The child has consented to service by electronic mail by signing Judicial Council Form EFS-005.

(4)

The attorney for the child has consented to service of the minor by electronic mail by signing Judicial Council Form EFS-005.

(j)

This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2019, deletes or extends that date.

Location: https://www.weblaws.org/california/codes/ca_welf_and_inst_code_section_293.

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