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VII. SELECTION AND IMPLEMENTATION (.26) HEARING
The purpose of a “selection and implementation” hearing is to put in place an appropriate permanent plan of adoption, tribal customary adoption [WIC §366.24], legal guardianship, or foster care or other planned permanent living arrangement for a child who cannot be returned home. [WIC §366.26(b).] Judicial officers typically call it a “.26 hearing” because it is held under WIC §366.26.
Note that throughout the dependency proceeding, at least until you order involuntary termination of parental rights, a parent retains the right to voluntarily relinquish his or her parental rights, free the child for adoption, and participate in the adoption process to the extent of designating a relative or other person for adoption. [In re R.S. (2009) 179 CA4th 1137, 1151.]