Hastings Women’s Law Journal


Angelina Clay


This Note critically examines the effects of California Welfare & Institutions Code section 361.5 and reunification services in juvenile dependency proceedings. The author describes attachment theory and the deleterious effects that may result when children form insecure or disordered attachments, as often happens in the context of juvenile dependency. The author posits that, based on the best interests of the child standard, attachment theory provides a reasonable ground for shortening the reunification period and severing parental rights sooner than the California statute currently provides.