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This case centered on A.O., a minor who was 12 years old at the time of detention, and her mother, who suffered from bi-polar disorder and exhibited paranoid and aggressive tendencies. The court found jurisdiction over A.O. under Welfare and Institutions Code section 300, subdivision (b) and removed her from mother’s care. At the six-month review hearing, the court found that returning A.O. to mother would be detrimental to A.O. and that the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) had provided adequate reunification services. At the twelve-month review hearing, the court terminated reunification services and ordered that A.O. be placed in a Planned Permanent Living Arrangement. Mother appealed the orders from the six- and twelve-month review hearings, and, citing the court’s failure to advise her of her right to appeal after the disposition hearing, she also appealed the jurisdictional findings and dispositional order. After review, the Court of Appeal affirmed jurisdiction and disposition but reversed the court’s findings at the six- and twelve-month review hearings that DPSS had provided reasonable reunification services.