as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
|Introduction||Posted on 02/02/2007|
A bill for an act
relating to human services; changing eligibility requirements for an adoption
assistance program; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 259.67,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 259.67, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
(a) The placing agency shall use the AFDC
requirements as specified in federal law as of July 16, 1996, when determining the child's
eligibility for adoption assistance under title IV-E of the Social Security Act. If the child
does not qualify, the placing agency shall certify a child as eligible for state funded
adoption assistance only if the following criteria are met:
(1) Due to the child's characteristics or circumstances it would be difficult to provide
the child an adoptive home without adoption assistance.
(2)(i) A placement agency has made reasonable efforts to place the child for adoption
without adoption assistance, but has been unsuccessful; or
(ii) the child's licensed foster parents desire to adopt the child and it is determined by
the placing agency that the adoption is in the best interest of the child.
(3) The child has been a ward of the commissioner, a Minnesota-licensed
child-placing agency, or a tribal social service agency of Minnesota recognized by the
Secretary of the Interior. The placing agency shall not certify a child who remains
under the jurisdiction of the sending agency pursuant to section 260.851, article 5, for
state-funded adoption assistance when Minnesota is the receiving state.
(b) For purposes of this subdivision, the characteristics or circumstances that may
be considered in determining whether a child is a child with special needs under United
States Code, title 42, chapter 7, subchapter IV, part E, or meets the requirements of
paragraph (a), clause (1), are the following:
(1) The child is a member of a sibling group to be placed as one unit in which at
least one sibling is older than 15 months of age or is described in clause (2) or (3).
(2) The child has documented physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral disabilities.
(3) The child has a high risk of developing physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral
(4) The child is adopted according to tribal law without a termination of parental
rights or relinquishment, provided that the tribe has documented the valid reason why the
child cannot or should not be returned to the home of the child's parent.
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(c) When a child's eligibility for adoption assistance is based upon the high risk of
developing physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral disabilities, payments shall not be
made under the adoption assistance agreement unless and until the potential disability
manifests itself as documented by an appropriate health care professional.