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HF 1423

3rd Engrossment - 87th Legislature (2011 - 2012) Posted on 05/10/2011 02:07pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 04/11/2011
1st Engrossment Posted on 04/14/2011
2nd Engrossment Posted on 04/28/2011
3rd Engrossment Posted on 05/10/2011

Current Version - 3rd Engrossment

Line numbers 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13
1.14 1.15
1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 3.31 3.32 3.33 3.34 3.35 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 4.35 4.36 5.1 5.2
5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 5.18 5.19 5.20 5.21 5.22 5.23 5.24 5.25 5.26 5.27 5.28 5.29 5.30 5.31
5.32 5.33 5.34 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 6.17 6.18 6.19 6.20 6.21 6.22 6.23 6.24 6.25 6.26 6.27 6.28 6.29 6.30 6.31 6.32 6.33 6.34 6.35 6.36 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 7.19 7.20 7.21 7.22 7.23 7.24 7.25 7.26 7.27 7.28 7.29 7.30 7.31 7.32 7.33 7.34 7.35 7.36 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 8.20 8.21 8.22 8.23 8.24 8.25 8.26 8.27 8.28 8.29 8.30 8.31 8.32 8.33 8.34 8.35 8.36 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 9.9 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 9.17 9.18 9.19 9.20 9.21 9.22 9.23 9.24
9.25 9.26 9.27 9.28 9.29 9.30 9.31 9.32 9.33 9.34 9.35 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 10.14 10.15 10.16 10.17 10.18 10.19 10.20 10.21 10.22 10.23 10.24 10.25 10.26 10.27 10.28 10.29 10.30 10.31 10.32 10.33 10.34
10.35 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 11.25 11.26 11.27 11.28 11.29 11.30 11.31 11.32 11.33 11.34 11.35 11.36 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 12.9 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 12.21 12.22 12.23 12.24 12.25 12.26 12.27 12.28 12.29 12.30 12.31 12.32 12.33 12.34 12.35 12.36 13.1 13.2 13.3
13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 13.9 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 13.15 13.16 13.17 13.18 13.19 13.20 13.21 13.22 13.23 13.24 13.25 13.26 13.27 13.28 13.29 13.30 13.31 13.32 13.33 13.34 13.35 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 14.9 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16
14.17 14.18 14.19 14.20 14.21 14.22 14.23 14.24 14.25 14.26 14.27 14.28 14.29 14.30 14.31 14.32 14.33 14.34 14.35 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 15.7 15.8 15.9 15.10 15.11 15.12
15.13 15.14 15.15 15.16 15.17 15.18 15.19 15.20 15.21 15.22 15.23 15.24 15.25 15.26 15.27 15.28 15.29 15.30 15.31 15.32 15.33 15.34 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8
16.9 16.10 16.11 16.12 16.13 16.14 16.15 16.16 16.17 16.18 16.19 16.20 16.21 16.22 16.23 16.24 16.25 16.26 16.27 16.28 16.29 16.30 16.31 16.32 16.33 16.34 16.35 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5
17.6 17.7 17.8 17.9 17.10 17.11 17.12 17.13 17.14 17.15 17.16 17.17 17.18 17.19 17.20 17.21 17.22 17.23 17.24 17.25 17.26 17.27 17.28 17.29 17.30 17.31 17.32 17.33 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 18.8 18.9 18.10 18.11 18.12
18.13 18.14 18.15 18.16 18.17 18.18 18.19 18.20
18.21 18.22 18.23 18.24 18.25 18.26 18.27 18.28 18.29 18.30 18.31 18.32 18.33 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 19.8 19.9 19.10
19.11 19.12 19.13 19.14 19.15 19.16 19.17 19.18 19.19 19.20 19.21 19.22 19.23 19.24 19.25 19.26 19.27 19.28 19.29 19.30 19.31 19.32 19.33 19.34 19.35 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 20.8 20.9 20.10 20.11 20.12 20.13 20.14 20.15 20.16 20.17 20.18 20.19 20.20 20.21 20.22 20.23 20.24 20.25 20.26 20.27 20.28 20.29 20.30 20.31 20.32 20.33 20.34 20.35 20.36
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21.29 21.30 21.31 21.32 21.33 21.34 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 22.7 22.8 22.9 22.10 22.11 22.12 22.13 22.14 22.15 22.16 22.17 22.18 22.19 22.20 22.21 22.22 22.23 22.24 22.25 22.26 22.27 22.28 22.29 22.30 22.31 22.32 22.33 22.34 22.35 22.36 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 23.6 23.7 23.8 23.9 23.10 23.11 23.12 23.13 23.14 23.15 23.16 23.17
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23.20 23.21 23.22 23.23 23.24 23.25 23.26 23.27 23.28 23.29 23.30 23.31 23.32 23.33 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 24.7 24.8 24.9 24.10 24.11 24.12 24.13 24.14 24.15 24.16 24.17 24.18 24.19 24.20 24.21 24.22 24.23 24.24 24.25 24.26 24.27 24.28 24.29 24.30 24.31 24.32 24.33 24.34 24.35 24.36 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 25.8 25.9 25.10 25.11 25.12 25.13 25.14 25.15 25.16 25.17 25.18 25.19 25.20 25.21 25.22 25.23 25.24 25.25 25.26 25.27 25.28 25.29 25.30 25.31 25.32 25.33 25.34 25.35 25.36 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 26.7 26.8 26.9 26.10 26.11 26.12 26.13 26.14 26.15 26.16 26.17 26.18 26.19 26.20 26.21 26.22 26.23 26.24 26.25 26.26 26.27 26.28 26.29 26.30 26.31 26.32 26.33 26.34 26.35 26.36 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 27.7 27.8 27.9 27.10 27.11 27.12 27.13 27.14 27.15 27.16 27.17
27.18 27.19 27.20 27.21 27.22 27.23 27.24 27.25 27.26 27.27 27.28 27.29 27.30 27.31 27.32 27.33 27.34 27.35 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 28.8 28.9 28.10 28.11 28.12 28.13 28.14 28.15 28.16 28.17 28.18 28.19 28.20 28.21 28.22 28.23 28.24 28.25 28.26 28.27 28.28 28.29 28.30 28.31 28.32 28.33 28.34 28.35 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 29.6 29.7 29.8 29.9 29.10 29.11 29.12 29.13 29.14 29.15 29.16 29.17 29.18 29.19 29.20 29.21 29.22 29.23 29.24 29.25 29.26 29.27 29.28 29.29 29.30 29.31 29.32 29.33 29.34 29.35 29.36 30.1 30.2 30.3
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30.12 30.13 30.14 30.15 30.16 30.17
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30.23 30.24 30.25 30.26 30.27 30.28 30.29 30.30 30.31 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 31.5 31.6 31.7 31.8 31.9 31.10 31.11 31.12 31.13
31.14 31.15 31.16 31.17 31.18 31.19 31.20 31.21 31.22 31.23 31.24 31.25 31.26 31.27 31.28 31.29 31.30 31.31 31.32 31.33 31.34 31.35 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 32.6 32.7 32.8 32.9 32.10
32.11 32.12 32.13 32.14 32.15 32.16 32.17 32.18 32.19 32.20 32.21 32.22 32.23
32.24 32.25 32.26 32.27 32.28 32.29 32.30 32.31 32.32 32.33 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 33.5 33.6 33.7 33.8 33.9 33.10 33.11 33.12 33.13 33.14 33.15 33.16 33.17 33.18 33.19 33.20 33.21 33.22 33.23 33.24 33.25 33.26 33.27 33.28 33.29 33.30 33.31 33.32 33.33 33.34 33.35 33.36 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 34.5 34.6 34.7 34.8 34.9 34.10 34.11 34.12 34.13 34.14 34.15 34.16
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35.13 35.14 35.15 35.16 35.17
35.18 35.19 35.20 35.21 35.22 35.23 35.24 35.25
35.26 35.27 35.28 35.29 35.30 35.31 35.32 35.33 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 36.5 36.6 36.7 36.8 36.9 36.10 36.11 36.12 36.13 36.14 36.15 36.16 36.17 36.18 36.19 36.20 36.21 36.22 36.23 36.24 36.25 36.26 36.27 36.28 36.29 36.30 36.31 36.32 36.33 36.34 36.35 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 37.6 37.7 37.8 37.9 37.10 37.11 37.12 37.13 37.14 37.15 37.16 37.17 37.18 37.19 37.20 37.21 37.22 37.23 37.24 37.25 37.26 37.27 37.28 37.29 37.30 37.31 37.32 37.33 37.34 37.35 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 38.5 38.6 38.7 38.8 38.9 38.10 38.11 38.12 38.13 38.14 38.15 38.16 38.17 38.18 38.19 38.20 38.21 38.22 38.23 38.24 38.25 38.26 38.27 38.28 38.29 38.30 38.31 38.32 38.33
38.34 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 39.6 39.7 39.8 39.9 39.10 39.11 39.12 39.13 39.14 39.15 39.16 39.17 39.18 39.19 39.20 39.21 39.22 39.23 39.24 39.25 39.26 39.27 39.28 39.29 39.30 39.31 39.32
39.33 39.34 39.35 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 40.5 40.6 40.7 40.8 40.9 40.10 40.11 40.12 40.13 40.14 40.15 40.16 40.17 40.18 40.19 40.20 40.21 40.22 40.23 40.24 40.25 40.26 40.27 40.28 40.29 40.30 40.31 40.32 40.33 40.34 40.35 40.36 41.1 41.2 41.3 41.4 41.5
41.6 41.7 41.8 41.9 41.10 41.11 41.12 41.13 41.14 41.15 41.16 41.17 41.18 41.19 41.20 41.21 41.22 41.23 41.24 41.25 41.26 41.27 41.28 41.29 41.30 41.31 41.32 41.33 41.34 41.35
42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4 42.5 42.6 42.7 42.8 42.9 42.10 42.11 42.12 42.13 42.14 42.15 42.16 42.17 42.18 42.19 42.20 42.21 42.22 42.23 42.24 42.25 42.26 42.27 42.28 42.29 42.30 42.31 42.32 42.33 42.34 42.35 43.1 43.2 43.3 43.4 43.5 43.6 43.7 43.8 43.9 43.10 43.11 43.12 43.13 43.14 43.15 43.16 43.17 43.18 43.19 43.20 43.21 43.22 43.23 43.24 43.25 43.26 43.27
43.28 43.29 43.30 43.31 43.32 43.33 43.34 43.35 44.1 44.2 44.3 44.4 44.5 44.6 44.7 44.8 44.9 44.10 44.11 44.12 44.13 44.14 44.15 44.16 44.17 44.18 44.19 44.20 44.21
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47.24 47.25 47.26 47.27 47.28 47.29 47.30 47.31 47.32 47.33 47.34 47.35 48.1 48.2 48.3 48.4 48.5 48.6 48.7 48.8 48.9 48.10 48.11 48.12 48.13 48.14 48.15 48.16 48.17 48.18 48.19 48.20 48.21 48.22 48.23 48.24 48.25 48.26 48.27 48.28 48.29 48.30 48.31 48.32 48.33 48.34 48.35 48.36 49.1 49.2 49.3 49.4 49.5 49.6 49.7 49.8 49.9 49.10 49.11 49.12 49.13 49.14 49.15 49.16 49.17 49.18 49.19 49.20 49.21 49.22 49.23 49.24 49.25 49.26 49.27 49.28 49.29 49.30 49.31 49.32 49.33 49.34 49.35 49.36 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 50.5 50.6 50.7 50.8 50.9 50.10 50.11 50.12
50.13 50.14 50.15 50.16 50.17 50.18 50.19 50.20 50.21 50.22 50.23 50.24 50.25 50.26 50.27 50.28 50.29 50.30 50.31 50.32 50.33 50.34 51.1 51.2 51.3 51.4 51.5 51.6 51.7 51.8 51.9 51.10 51.11 51.12 51.13 51.14 51.15 51.16 51.17
51.18 51.19 51.20 51.21 51.22 51.23 51.24 51.25 51.26 51.27 51.28 51.29 51.30 51.31 51.32 51.33 51.34 51.35 52.1 52.2 52.3 52.4 52.5 52.6 52.7 52.8 52.9
52.10 52.11 52.12 52.13 52.14 52.15 52.16 52.17 52.18 52.19 52.20 52.21 52.22 52.23 52.24 52.25 52.26 52.27 52.28 52.29
52.30 52.31 52.32 52.33 52.34 53.1 53.2 53.3 53.4
53.5 53.6 53.7 53.8 53.9 53.10 53.11 53.12 53.13 53.14 53.15 53.16 53.17 53.18 53.19 53.20 53.21
53.22 53.23 53.24 53.25 53.26 53.27 53.28 53.29 53.30 53.31 53.32 53.33 53.34 54.1 54.2 54.3 54.4 54.5 54.6 54.7 54.8 54.9 54.10 54.11 54.12 54.13 54.14 54.15 54.16 54.17 54.18 54.19 54.20 54.21 54.22 54.23 54.24 54.25 54.26 54.27 54.28 54.29 54.30 54.31 54.32 54.33 54.34 54.35 54.36 55.1 55.2 55.3 55.4 55.5 55.6 55.7 55.8 55.9 55.10 55.11 55.12 55.13 55.14 55.15 55.16 55.17 55.18 55.19 55.20 55.21 55.22 55.23 55.24 55.25 55.26 55.27 55.28 55.29 55.30 55.31 55.32 55.33 55.34 55.35 55.36 56.1 56.2 56.3 56.4 56.5 56.6 56.7 56.8 56.9 56.10 56.11 56.12 56.13 56.14 56.15 56.16 56.17 56.18 56.19 56.20 56.21 56.22
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58.35 59.1 59.2 59.3 59.4 59.5 59.6 59.7 59.8 59.9 59.10
59.11 59.12 59.13 59.14 59.15 59.16 59.17 59.18 59.19 59.20 59.21 59.22 59.23
59.24 59.25 59.26 59.27 59.28 59.29 59.30 59.31 59.32 59.33
60.1 60.2 60.3 60.4 60.5 60.6 60.7
60.8 60.9 60.10 60.11 60.12 60.13 60.14 60.15 60.16 60.17 60.18
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63.16 63.17 63.18 63.19 63.20 63.21 63.22 63.23 63.24 63.25 63.26 63.27 63.28 63.29 63.30 63.31 63.32
63.33 64.1 64.2 64.3 64.4 64.5 64.6 64.7 64.8 64.9 64.10 64.11
64.12 64.13 64.14 64.15 64.16 64.17 64.18 64.19 64.20 64.21 64.22 64.23 64.24 64.25 64.26 64.27 64.28 64.29 64.30 64.31 64.32 64.33 64.34 64.35 65.1 65.2 65.3 65.4 65.5 65.6 65.7 65.8 65.9 65.10 65.11 65.12 65.13 65.14 65.15 65.16 65.17 65.18 65.19 65.20 65.21 65.22 65.23 65.24 65.25 65.26 65.27 65.28 65.29 65.30 65.31 65.32 65.33 65.34 65.35 65.36 66.1 66.2 66.3 66.4 66.5 66.6
66.7 66.8
66.9 66.10 66.11 66.12 66.13 66.14 66.15 66.16 66.17 66.18 66.19 66.20 66.21 66.22 66.23 66.24 66.25 66.26 66.27 66.28 66.29 66.30 66.31 66.32 66.33 66.34 67.1 67.2 67.3 67.4 67.5 67.6 67.7 67.8 67.9 67.10 67.11 67.12 67.13 67.14 67.15 67.16 67.17 67.18 67.19 67.20 67.21 67.22 67.23 67.24 67.25 67.26 67.27 67.28 67.29 67.30 67.31 67.32 67.33 67.34 67.35 68.1 68.2 68.3 68.4 68.5 68.6 68.7 68.8 68.9 68.10 68.11 68.12 68.13
68.14 68.15 68.16 68.17 68.18 68.19 68.20 68.21 68.22 68.23 68.24 68.25 68.26
68.27 68.28 68.29 68.30 68.31 68.32 68.33 69.1 69.2
69.3 69.4 69.5 69.6 69.7 69.8 69.9 69.10 69.11 69.12 69.13 69.14 69.15 69.16 69.17 69.18 69.19 69.20 69.21 69.22 69.23 69.24 69.25 69.26 69.27 69.28 69.29 69.30 69.31 69.32 69.33 69.34 69.35 70.1 70.2 70.3 70.4 70.5 70.6 70.7 70.8 70.9 70.10 70.11 70.12 70.13 70.14 70.15 70.16 70.17 70.18 70.19 70.20 70.21 70.22 70.23 70.24 70.25 70.26 70.27 70.28 70.29 70.30 70.31 70.32 70.33 70.34 70.35 71.1 71.2 71.3 71.4 71.5 71.6 71.7 71.8
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A bill for an act
relating to human services; providing for adoption assistance reform, child
protection, child support, and technical and conforming amendments; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2010, sections 256.01, subdivision 14b; 257.01; 257.75,
subdivision 7; 259.73; 260.012; 260C.001; 260C.007, subdivision 4, by adding
subdivisions; 260C.101, subdivision 2; 260C.150, subdivision 1; 260C.157,
subdivisions 1, 3; 260C.163, subdivisions 1, 4, 8; 260C.178, subdivisions
1, 7; 260C.193, subdivisions 3, 6; 260C.201, subdivisions 2, 10; 260C.212,
subdivisions 5, 7; 260C.215, subdivisions 4, 6; 260C.301, subdivisions 1, 8;
260C.328; 260C.451; 260D.08; 518C.205; 626.556, subdivisions 2, 10, 10e, 10f,
10i, 10k; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapters 260C;
611; proposing coding for new law as Minnesota Statutes, chapter 259A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

ARTICLE 1

ADOPTION ASSISTANCE

Section 1.

new text begin [259A.01] DEFINITIONS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Scope. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this chapter, the terms defined in this
section have the meanings given them except as otherwise indicated by the context.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Adoption assistance. new text end

new text begin "Adoption assistance" means medical coverage and
reimbursement of nonrecurring adoption expenses, and may also include financial support
and reimbursement for specific nonmedical expenses provided under agreement with the
parent of an adoptive child who would otherwise remain in foster care and whose special
needs would otherwise make it difficult to place the child for adoption. Financial support
may include a basic maintenance payment and a supplemental needs payment.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Adoptive parent. new text end

new text begin "Adoptive parent" means the adult who has been
made the legal parent of a child through a court-ordered adoption decree or a customary
adoption through tribal court.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin AFDC. new text end

new text begin "AFDC" means the aid to families with dependent children
program under sections 256.741, 256.82, and 256.87.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Assessment. new text end

new text begin "Assessment" means the process by which the child-placing
agency determines the benefits an eligible child may receive under this chapter.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin At-risk child. new text end

new text begin "At-risk child" means a child who does not have a
documented disability but who is at risk of developing a physical, mental, emotional, or
behavioral disability based on being related within the first or second degree to persons
who have an inheritable physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral disabling condition, or
from a background that has the potential to cause the child to develop a physical, mental,
emotional, or behavioral disability that the child is at risk of developing. The disability
must manifest during childhood.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Basic maintenance payment. new text end

new text begin "Basic maintenance payment" means
the maintenance payment made on behalf of a child to support the costs an adoptive
parent incurs to meet a child's needs consistent with the care parents customarily provide,
including: food, clothing, shelter, daily supervision, school supplies, and child's personal
incidentals. It also supports reasonable travel to participate in face-to-face visitation
between child and birth relatives, including siblings.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Child. new text end

new text begin "Child" means an individual under 18 years of age. For purposes
of this chapter, child also includes individuals up to age 21 who have approved adoption
assistance agreement extensions under section 259A.45, subdivision 1.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 9. new text end

new text begin Child-placing agency. new text end

new text begin "Child-placing agency" means a business,
organization, or department of government, including the responsible social services
agency or a federally recognized Minnesota tribe, designated or authorized by law
to place children for adoption and assigned legal responsibility for placement, care,
and supervision of the child through a court order, voluntary placement agreement, or
voluntary relinquishment.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 10. new text end

new text begin Child under guardianship of the commissioner of human services.
new text end

new text begin "Child under guardianship of the commissioner of human services" means a child the
court has ordered under the guardianship of the commissioner of human services pursuant
to section 260C.325.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 11. new text end

new text begin Commissioner. new text end

new text begin "Commissioner" means the commissioner of human
services or any employee of the Department of Human Services to whom the commissioner
has delegated authority regarding children under the commissioner's guardianship.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Consent of parent to adoption under chapter 260C. new text end

new text begin "Consent of
parent to adoption under chapter 260C" means the consent executed pursuant to section
260C.515, subdivision 3.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 13. new text end

new text begin Department. new text end

new text begin "Department" means the Minnesota Department of Human
Services.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 14. new text end

new text begin Disability. new text end

new text begin "Disability" means a physical, mental, emotional, or
behavioral impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major
life activities include, but are not limited to: thinking, walking, hearing, breathing,
working, seeing, speaking, communicating, learning, developing and maintaining healthy
relationships, safely caring for oneself, and performing manual tasks. The nature, duration,
and severity of the impairment shall be used in determining if the limitation is substantial.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 15. new text end

new text begin Foster care. new text end

new text begin "Foster care" has the meaning given in section 260C.007,
subdivision 18.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 16. new text end

new text begin Guardian. new text end

new text begin "Guardian" means an adult who is appointed pursuant to
section 260C.325. For a child under guardianship of the commissioner, the child's
guardian is the commissioner of human services.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 17. new text end

new text begin Guardianship. new text end

new text begin "Guardianship" means the court-ordered rights and
responsibilities of the guardian of a child and includes legal custody of the child.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 18. new text end

new text begin Indian child. new text end

new text begin "Indian child" has the meaning given in section 260.755,
subdivision 8.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 19. new text end

new text begin Legal custodian. new text end

new text begin "Legal custodian" means a person to whom permanent
legal and physical custody of a child has been transferred under chapter 260C, or for
children under tribal court jurisdiction, a similar provision under tribal code which means
that the individual responsible for the child has responsibility for the protection, education,
care, and control of the child and decision making on behalf of the child.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 20. new text end

new text begin Medical assistance. new text end

new text begin "Medical assistance" means Minnesota's
implementation of the federal Medicaid program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 21. new text end

new text begin Parent. new text end

new text begin "Parent" has the meaning given in section 257.52. Parent does
not mean a putative father of a child unless the putative father also meets the requirements
of section 257.55 or unless the putative father is entitled to notice under section 259.49,
subdivision 1. For matters governed by the Indian Child Welfare Act, parent includes any
Indian person who has adopted a child by tribal law or custom, as provided in section
260.755, subdivision 14, and does not include the unwed father where paternity has not
been acknowledged or established.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 22. new text end

new text begin Permanent legal and physical custody. new text end

new text begin "Permanent legal and physical
custody" means permanent legal and physical custody ordered by a Minnesota court under
section 260C.515, subdivision 4, or for children under tribal court jurisdiction, a similar
provision under tribal code which means that the individual with permanent legal and
physical custody of the child has responsibility for the protection, education, care, and
control of the child and decision making on behalf of the child.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 23. new text end

new text begin Preadoptive parent. new text end

new text begin "Preadoptive parent" means an adult who is caring
for a child in an adoptive placement, but where the court has not yet ordered a final decree
of adoption making the adult the legal parent of the child.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 24. new text end

new text begin Reassessment. new text end

new text begin "Reassessment" means an update of a previous assessment
through the process under this chapter completed for a child who has been continuously
eligible for this benefit.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 25. new text end

new text begin Relative. new text end

new text begin "Relative" means a person related to the child by blood,
marriage, or adoption, or an individual who is an important friend with whom the child has
resided or had significant contact. For an Indian child, relative includes members of the
extended family as defined by law or custom of the Indian child's tribe, or, in the absence
of law or custom, shall be a person who has reached the age of 18 and who is the Indian
child's grandparent, aunt or uncle, brother or sister, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, niece
or nephew, first or second cousin, or stepparent, as provided in the Indian Child Welfare
Act of 1978, United States Code, title 25, section 1903.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 26. new text end

new text begin Relative search. new text end

new text begin "Relative search" means the search that is required
under chapter 260C.212, subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 27. new text end

new text begin Sibling. new text end

new text begin "Sibling" has the meaning given in section 260C.007,
subdivision 31.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 28. new text end

new text begin Social and medical history. new text end

new text begin "Social and medical history" means the
document, on a form or forms prescribed by the commissioner, that contains a child's
genetic, medical, and family background as well as the history and current status of a
child's physical and mental health, behavior, demeanor, foster care placements, education,
and family relationships and has the same meaning as the history required under sections
259.43 and 260C.609.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 29. new text end

new text begin Supplemental needs payment. new text end

new text begin "Supplemental needs payment"
means the payment which is negotiated with the adoptive parent for a child who has a
documented physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral disability. The payment is made
based on the requirements associated with parenting duties to nurture the child, preserve
the child's connections, and support the child's functioning in the home.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 30. new text end

new text begin Termination of parental rights. new text end

new text begin "Termination of parental rights" means
a court order that severs all rights, powers, privileges, immunities, duties, and obligations,
including any rights to custody, control, visitation, or support, existing between a parent
and child. For an Indian child who is a ward of tribal court, termination of parental rights
means any action resulting in the termination or suspension of the parent-child relationship
when the tribe has made a judicial determination that the child cannot or should not be
returned to the home of the child's parent or parents.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [259A.05] PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Administration of title IV-E programs. new text end

new text begin The title IV-E Adoption
Assistance Program shall operate according to the requirements of United States Code,
title 42, sections 671 and 673, and Code of Federal Regulations, parts 1355 and 1356.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Administration responsibilities. new text end

new text begin (a) AFDC relatedness is one eligibility
component of title IV-E adoption assistance. The AFDC relatedness determination shall be
made by an agency according to policies and procedures prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (b) Subject to commissioner approval, the child-placing agency shall certify a child's
eligibility for adoption assistance in writing on the forms prescribed by the commissioner
according to section 259A.15.
new text end

new text begin (c) Children who meet all eligibility criteria except those specific to title IV-E, shall
receive adoption assistance paid through state funds.
new text end

new text begin (d) The child-placing agency is responsible for assisting the commissioner with
the administration of the adoption assistance program by conducting assessments,
reassessments, negotiations, and other activities as specified by the requirements and
procedures prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (e) The child-placing agency shall notify an adoptive parent of a child's eligibility for
Medicaid in the state of residence. In Minnesota, the child-placing agency shall refer the
adoptive parent to the appropriate social service agency in the parent's county of residence
that administers medical assistance. The child-placing agency shall inform the adoptive
parent of the requirement to comply with the rules of the applicable Medicaid program.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Procedures, requirements, and deadlines. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall
specify procedures, requirements, and deadlines for the administration of adoption
assistance in accordance with this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Promotion of programs. new text end

new text begin (a) Parents who adopt children with special
needs must be informed of the adoption tax credit.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall actively seek ways to promote the adoption assistance
program, including informing prospective adoptive parents of eligible children under
guardianship of the commissioner and the availability of adoption assistance.
new text end

Sec. 3.

new text begin [259A.10] ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin General eligibility requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) To be eligible for adoption
assistance, a child must:
new text end

new text begin (1) be determined to be a child with special needs, according to subdivision 2;
new text end

new text begin (2) meet the applicable citizenship and immigration requirements in subdivision
3; and
new text end

new text begin (3)(i) meet the criteria outlined in section 473 of the Social Security Act; or
new text end

new text begin (ii) have had foster care payments paid on the child's behalf while in out-of-home
placement through the county or tribal social service agency and be a child under the
guardianship of the commissioner or a ward of tribal court.
new text end

new text begin (b) In addition to the requirements in paragraph (a), the child's adoptive parents must
meet the applicable background study requirements outlined in subdivision 4.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Special needs determination. new text end

new text begin (a) A child is considered a child with
special needs under this section if all of the requirements in paragraphs (b) to (g) are met:
new text end

new text begin (b) There has been a determination that the child cannot or should not be returned to
the home of the child's parents as evidenced by:
new text end

new text begin (1) court-ordered termination of parental rights;
new text end

new text begin (2) petition to terminate parental rights;
new text end

new text begin (3) consent of parent to adoption accepted by the court under chapter 260C;
new text end

new text begin (4) in circumstances where tribal law permits the child to be adopted without a
termination of parental rights, a judicial determination by tribal court indicating the valid
reason why the child cannot or should not return home;
new text end

new text begin (5) voluntary relinquishment under section 259.25 or 259.47 or, if relinquishment
occurred in another state, the applicable laws in that state; or
new text end

new text begin (6) death of the legal parent, or parents if the child has two legal parents.
new text end

new text begin (c) There exists a specific factor or condition because of which it is reasonable to
conclude that the child cannot be placed with adoptive parents without providing adoption
assistance as evidenced by:
new text end

new text begin (1) determination by the Social Security Administration that the child meets all
medical or disability requirements of title XVI of the Social Security Act with respect to
eligibility for Supplemental Security Income benefits;
new text end

new text begin (2) documented physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral disability not covered
under clause (1);
new text end

new text begin (3) member in a sibling group being adopted at the same time by the same parent;
new text end

new text begin (4) adoptive placement in the home of a parent who previously adopted a sibling for
whom they receive adoption assistance; or
new text end

new text begin (5) documentation that the child is an at-risk child.
new text end

new text begin (d) A reasonable but unsuccessful effort was made to place the child with adoptive
parents without providing adoption assistance as evidenced by:
new text end

new text begin (1) documented search for an appropriate adoptive placement; or
new text end

new text begin (2) determination by the commissioner that a search under clause (1) is not in the
best interests of the child.
new text end

new text begin (e) The requirement for a documented search for an appropriate adoptive placement
under paragraph (d), including the registration of the child with the State Adoption
Exchange and other recruitment methods under paragraph (f), must be waived if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the child is being adopted by a relative and it is determined by the child-placing
agency that adoption by the relative is in the best interests of the child;
new text end

new text begin (2) the child is being adopted by a foster parent with whom the child has developed
significant emotional ties while in their care as a foster child and it is determined by
the child-placing agency that adoption by the foster parent is in the best interests of the
child; or
new text end

new text begin (3) the child is being adopted by a parent that previously adopted a sibling of the
child, and it is determined by the child-placing agency that adoption by this parent is
in the best interests of the child.
new text end

new text begin When the Indian Child Welfare Act applies, a waiver must not be granted unless the
child-placing agency has complied with the placement preferences required by the Indian
Child Welfare Act according to United States Code, title 25, section 1915(a).
new text end

new text begin (f) To meet the requirement of a documented search for an appropriate adoptive
placement under paragraph (d), clause (1), the child-placing agency minimally must:
new text end

new text begin (1) conduct a relative search as required by section 260C.212, subdivision 5, and give
consideration to placement with a relative as required by section 260C.212, subdivision 2;
new text end

new text begin (2) comply with the adoptive placement preferences required under the Indian Child
Welfare Act when the Indian Child Welfare Act, United States Code, title 25, section
1915(a), applies;
new text end

new text begin (3) locate prospective adoptive families by registering the child on the State
Adoption Exchange, as required under section 259.75; and
new text end

new text begin (4) if registration with the State Adoption Exchange does not result in the
identification of an appropriate adoptive placement, the agency must employ additional
recruitment methods, as outlined in requirements and procedures prescribed by the
commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (g) Once the child-placing agency has determined that placement with an identified
parent is in the child's best interest and has made full written disclosure about the child's
social and medical history, the agency must ask the prospective adoptive parent if they are
willing to adopt the child without adoption assistance. If the identified parent is either
unwilling or unable to adopt the child without adoption assistance, the child-placing
agency must provide documentation as prescribed by the commissioner to fulfill the
requirement to make a reasonable effort to place the child without adoption assistance. If
the identified parent desires to adopt the child without adoption assistance, the parent must
provide a written statement to this effect to the child-placing agency and the statement must
be maintained in the permanent adoption record of the child-placing agency. For children
under guardianship of the commissioner, the child-placing agency shall submit a copy of
this statement to the commissioner to be maintained in the permanent adoption record.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Citizenship and immigration status. new text end

new text begin (a) A child must be a citizen of the
United States or otherwise eligible for federal public benefits according to the Personal
Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, as amended, in order to
be eligible for title IV-E Adoption Assistance Program.
new text end

new text begin (b) A child must be a citizen of the United States or meet the qualified alien
requirements as defined in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity
Reconciliation Act of 1996, as amended, in order to be eligible for state-funded adoption
assistance.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Background study. new text end

new text begin (a) A background study under section 259.41 must be
completed on each prospective adoptive parent. An adoptive parent is prohibited from
receiving adoption assistance on behalf of an otherwise eligible child if the background
study reveals:
new text end

new text begin (1) a felony conviction at any time for:
new text end

new text begin (i) child abuse or neglect;
new text end

new text begin (ii) spousal abuse;
new text end

new text begin (iii) a crime against children, including child pornography; or
new text end

new text begin (iv) a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide, but not
including other physical assault or battery; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a felony conviction within the past five years for:
new text end

new text begin (i) physical assault;
new text end

new text begin (ii) battery; or
new text end

new text begin (iii) a drug-related offense.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Responsibility for determining adoption assistance eligibility. new text end

new text begin The
state will determine eligibility for:
new text end

new text begin (1) a Minnesota child under the guardianship of the commissioner who would
otherwise remain in foster care;
new text end

new text begin (2) a child who is not under the guardianship of the commissioner who meets title
IV-E eligibility defined in section 473 of the Social Security Act and no state agency has
legal responsibility for placement and care of the child;
new text end

new text begin (3) a Minnesota child under tribal jurisdiction who would otherwise remain in foster
care; and
new text end

new text begin (4) an Indian child being placed in Minnesota who meets title IV-E eligibility defined
in section 473 of the Social Security Act. The agency or entity assuming responsibility for
the child is responsible for the nonfederal share of the adoption assistance payment.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Exclusions. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall not enter into an adoption assistance
agreement with:
new text end

new text begin (1) a child's biological parent or step parent;
new text end

new text begin (2) a child's relative, according to section 260C.007, subdivision 27, with whom the
child resided immediately prior to child welfare involvement unless:
new text end

new text begin (i) the child was in the custody of a Minnesota county or tribal agency pursuant to
an order under chapter 260C or equivalent provisions of tribal code and the agency had
placement and care responsibility for permanency planning for the child; and
new text end

new text begin (ii) the child is under guardianship of the commissioner of human services according
to the requirements of section 260C.325, subdivision 1, paragraphs (a) and (b), or
subdivision 3, paragraphs (a) and (b), or is a ward of a Minnesota tribal court after
termination of parental rights, suspension of parental rights, or a finding by the tribal court
that the child cannot safely return to the care of the parent;
new text end

new text begin (3) a child's legal custodian or guardian who is now adopting the child;
new text end

new text begin (4) an individual adopting a child who is the subject of a direct adoptive placement
under section 259.47 or the equivalent in tribal code; or
new text end

new text begin (5) an individual who is adopting a child who is not a citizen or resident of the
United States and was either adopted in another country or brought to this country for
the purposes of adoption.
new text end

Sec. 4.

new text begin [259A.15] ESTABLISHMENT OF ADOPTION ASSISTANCE
ELIGIBILITY.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Adoption assistance certification. new text end

new text begin (a) The child-placing agency
shall certify a child as eligible for adoption assistance according to requirements and
procedures, and on forms prescribed by the commissioner. Documentation from a
qualified expert must be provided to verify that a child meets the special needs criteria in
section 259A.10, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin (b) Expert documentation of a disability is limited to evidence deemed appropriate
by the commissioner and must be submitted with the certification. Examples of appropriate
documentation include, but are not limited to, medical records, psychological assessments,
educational or early childhood evaluations, court findings, and social and medical history.
new text end

new text begin (c) Documentation that the child is an at-risk child must be submitted according to
requirements and procedures prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Adoption assistance agreement. new text end

new text begin (a) An adoption assistance agreement
is a binding contract between the adopting parent, the child-placing agency, and the
commissioner. The agreement outlines the benefits to be provided on behalf of an eligible
child.
new text end

new text begin (b) In order to receive adoption assistance benefits, a written agreement on a form
prescribed by the commissioner must be signed by the parent, an approved representative
from the child-placing agency, and the commissioner prior to the effective date of the
adoption decree. No later than 30 days after the parent is approved for the adoptive
placement, the agreement must be negotiated with the parent as required in section
259A.25, subdivision 1. Adoption assistance must be approved or denied by the
commissioner no later than 15 business days after the receipt of a complete adoption
assistance application prescribed by the commissioner. A fully executed copy of the
signed agreement must be given to each party. Termination or disruption of the adoptive
placement preceding adoption finalization makes the agreement with that parent void.
new text end

new text begin (c) The agreement must specify the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) duration of the agreement;
new text end

new text begin (2) the nature and amount of any payment, services, and assistance to be provided
under the agreement;
new text end

new text begin (3) the child's eligibility for Medicaid services;
new text end

new text begin (4) the terms of the payment;
new text end

new text begin (5) eligibility for reimbursement of nonrecurring expenses associated with adopting
the child, to the extent that the total cost does not exceed $2,000 per child;
new text end

new text begin (6) that the agreement will remain in effect regardless of the state in which the
adoptive parent resides at any given time;
new text end

new text begin (7) provisions for modification of the terms of the agreement; and
new text end

new text begin (8) the effective date of the agreement.
new text end

new text begin (d) The agreement is effective on the date of the adoption decree.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Assessment tool. new text end

new text begin An assessment tool prescribed by the commissioner
must be completed for any child who has a documented disability that necessitates care,
supervision, and structure beyond that ordinarily provided in a family setting to children
of the same age. This assessment tool must be submitted with the adoption assistance
certification and establishes eligibility for the amount of assistance requested.
new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin [259A.20] BENEFITS AND PAYMENTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin General information. new text end

new text begin (a) Payments to parents under adoption
assistance must be made monthly.
new text end

new text begin (b) Payments must commence when the commissioner receives the adoption decree
from the court, the child-placing agency, or the parent. Payments must be made according
to requirements and procedures prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (c) Payments shall only be made to the adoptive parent specified on the agreement.
If there is more than one adoptive parent, both parties must be listed as the payee unless
otherwise specified in writing according to requirements and procedures prescribed by
the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (d) Payment must be considered income and resource attributable to the child.
Payment must not be assigned or transferred to another party. Payment is exempt from
garnishment, except as permissible under the laws of the state where the child resides.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Medical assistance eligibility. new text end

new text begin Eligibility for medical assistance for
children receiving adoption assistance is as specified in section 256B.055.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Payments. new text end

new text begin (a) The basic maintenance payments must be made according
to the following schedule for all children except those eligible for adoption assistance
based on being an at-risk child:
new text end

new text begin Birth through age five
new text end
new text begin up to $247 per month
new text end
new text begin Age six through age 11
new text end
new text begin up to $277 per month
new text end
new text begin Age 12 through age 14
new text end
new text begin up to $307 per month
new text end
new text begin Age 15 and older
new text end
new text begin up to $337 per month
new text end

new text begin A child must receive the maximum payment amount for the child's age, unless a
lesser amount is negotiated with and agreed to by the prospective adoptive parent.
new text end

new text begin (b) Supplemental needs payments, in addition to basic maintenance payments, are
available based on the severity of a child's disability and the level of parenting required to
care for the child, and must be made according to the following amounts:
new text end

new text begin Level I
new text end
new text begin up to $150 per month
new text end
new text begin Level II
new text end
new text begin up to $275 per month
new text end
new text begin Level III
new text end
new text begin up to $400 per month
new text end
new text begin Level IV
new text end
new text begin up to $500 per month
new text end

new text begin A child's level shall be assessed on an assessment tool prescribed by the
commissioner. A child must receive the maximum payment for the child's assessed level,
unless a lesser amount is negotiated with and agreed to by the prospective adoptive parent.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Reimbursement for special nonmedical expenses. new text end

new text begin (a) Reimbursement
for special nonmedical expenses is available to children, except those eligible for adoption
assistance based on being an at-risk child.
new text end

new text begin (b) Reimbursements under this paragraph shall be made only after the adoptive
parent documents that the requested service was denied by the local social service agency,
community agencies, local school district, local public health department, the parent's
insurance provider, or the child's program. The denial must be for an eligible service or
qualified item under the program requirements of the applicable agency or organization.
new text end

new text begin (c) Reimbursements must be previously authorized, adhere to the requirements and
procedures prescribed by the commissioner, and be limited to:
new text end

new text begin (1) child care for a child age 12 and younger, or for a child age 13 or 14 who has
a documented disability that requires special instruction for and services by the child
care provider. Child care reimbursements may be made if all available adult caregivers
are employed or attending educational or vocational training programs. If a parent is
attending an educational or vocational training program, child care reimbursement is
limited to no more than the time necessary to complete the credit requirements for an
associate or baccalaureate degree as determined by the educational institution. Child
care reimbursement is not limited for an adoptive parent completing basic or remedial
education programs needed to prepare for postsecondary education or employment;
new text end

new text begin (2) respite care provided for the relief of the child's parent up to 504 hours of respite
care annually;
new text end

new text begin (3) camping up to 14 days per state fiscal year for a child to attend a special needs
camp. The camp must be accredited by the American Camp Association as a special needs
camp in order to be eligible for camp reimbursement;
new text end

new text begin (4) postadoption counseling to promote the child's integration into the adoptive
family that is provided by the placing agency during the first year following the date of the
adoption decree. Reimbursement is limited to 12 sessions of postadoption counseling;
new text end

new text begin (5) family counseling that is required to meet the child's special needs.
Reimbursement is limited to the prorated portion of the counseling fees allotted to the
family when the adoptive parent's health insurance or Medicaid pays for the child's
counseling but does not cover counseling for the rest of the family members;
new text end

new text begin (6) home modifications to accommodate the child's special needs upon which
eligibility for adoption assistance was approved. Reimbursement is limited to once every
five years per child;
new text end

new text begin (7) vehicle modifications to accommodate the child's special needs upon which
eligibility for adoption assistance was approved. Reimbursement is limited to once every
five years per family; and
new text end

new text begin (8) burial expenses up to $1,000, if the special needs, upon which eligibility for
adoption assistance was approved, resulted in the death of the child.
new text end

new text begin (d) The adoptive parent shall submit statements for expenses incurred between July
1 and June 30 of a given fiscal year to the state adoption assistance unit within 60 days
after the end of the fiscal year in order for reimbursement to occur.
new text end

Sec. 6.

new text begin [259A.25] DETERMINATION OF ADOPTION ASSISTANCE BENEFITS
AND PAYMENT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Negotiation of adoption assistance agreement. new text end

new text begin (a) A monthly
payment is provided as part of the adoption assistance agreement to support the care of
a child who has manifested special needs. The amount of the payment made on behalf
of a child eligible for adoption assistance is determined through negotiation between
the adoptive parent and the child-placing agency on behalf of the commissioner. The
negotiation shall take into consideration the circumstances of the adopting parent and the
needs of the child being adopted. The income of the adoptive parent must not be taken
into consideration when determining eligibility for adoption assistance or the amount of
the payments under section 259A.20. At the written request of the adoptive parent, the
amount of the payment in the agreement may be renegotiated when there is a change in
the child's needs or the family's circumstances.
new text end

new text begin (b) The adoption assistance agreement of a child who is identified as an at-risk child
must not include a monthly payment unless and until the potential disability upon which
the eligibility for the agreement was based has manifested during childhood.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Renegotiation of adoption assistance agreement. new text end

new text begin (a) An adoptive
parent of a child with an adoption assistance agreement may request renegotiation of the
agreement when there is a change in the needs of the child or in the family's circumstances.
When an adoptive parent requests renegotiation of the agreement, a reassessment of the
child must be completed by: (1) the responsible social services agency in the child's county
of residence; or (2) the child-placing agency that facilitated the adoption when the child's
residence is out of state. If the reassessment indicates that the child's needs have changed,
the child-placing agency, on behalf of the commissioner and the parent, shall renegotiate
the agreement to include a payment of the level determined appropriate through the
reassessment process using the assessment tool prescribed by the commissioner according
to section 259A.15, subdivision 3. The agreement must not be renegotiated unless the
commissioner and the parent mutually agree to the changes. The effective date of any
renegotiated agreement must be determined according to requirements and procedures
prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (b) An adoptive parent of a child with an adoption assistance agreement based on
the child being an at-risk child may request renegotiation of the agreement to include a
monthly payment. The parent must have written documentation from a qualified expert
that the potential disability upon which eligibility for adoption assistance was approved
has manifested. Documentation of the disability must be limited to evidence deemed
appropriate by the commissioner. Prior to renegotiating the agreement, a reassessment of
the child must be conducted using an assessment tool prescribed by the commissioner
according to section 259A.15, subdivision 3. The reassessment must be used to renegotiate
the agreement to include an appropriate monthly payment. The agreement must not be
renegotiated unless the commissioner and the adoptive parent mutually agree to the
changes. The effective date of any renegotiated agreement must be determined according
to requirements and procedures prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Child income or income attributable to the child. new text end

new text begin No income received
by a child will be considered in determining a child's adoption assistance payment
amount. If a child for whom a parent is receiving adoption assistance is also receiving
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Retirement, Survivors, Disability Insurance
(RSDI), the certifying agency shall inform the adoptive parent that the child's adoption
assistance must be reported to the Social Security Administration.
new text end

Sec. 7.

new text begin [259A.30] REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Notification of change. new text end

new text begin (a) An adoptive parent who has an adoption
assistance agreement shall keep the agency administering the program informed of
changes in status or circumstances that would make the child ineligible for the payments
or eligible for payments in a different amount.
new text end

new text begin (b) As long as the agreement is in effect, the adoptive parent agrees to notify the
agency administering the program in writing within 30 days of the following changes:
new text end

new text begin (1) the child's or adoptive parent's legal name;
new text end

new text begin (2) the family's address;
new text end

new text begin (3) the child's legal custody status;
new text end

new text begin (4) the child's completion of high school, if this occurs after the child attains age 18;
new text end

new text begin (5) the end of an adoptive parent's legal responsibility to support the child based on:
termination of parental rights of the adoptive parent, transfer of guardianship to another
person, or transfer of permanent legal and physical custody to another person;
new text end

new text begin (6) the end of an adoptive parent's financial support of the child;
new text end

new text begin (7) the death of the child;
new text end

new text begin (8) the death of the adoptive parent;
new text end

new text begin (9) the child enlists in the military;
new text end

new text begin (10) the child gets married;
new text end

new text begin (11) the child becomes an emancipated minor through legal action;
new text end

new text begin (12) the adoptive parents separate or divorce;
new text end

new text begin (13) the child is residing outside the adoptive home for a period of more than 30
consecutive days; and
new text end

new text begin (14) the child's status upon which eligibility for extension under section 259A.45,
subdivision 2 or 3, was based.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Correct and true information. new text end

new text begin If the adoptive parent reports information
the adoptive parent knows is untrue, the adoptive parent fails to notify the commissioner
of changes that may affect eligibility, or the agency administering the program receives
information the adoptive parent did not report, the adoptive parent may be investigated for
theft and, if charged and convicted, shall be sentenced under section 609.52, subdivision
3, clauses (1) to (5).
new text end

Sec. 8.

new text begin [259A.35] TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Reasons for termination. new text end

new text begin (a) An adoption assistance agreement
shall terminate in any of the following circumstances:
new text end

new text begin (1) the child has attained the age of 18, or up to age 21, when the child meets a
condition for extension as outlined in section 259A.45, subdivision 1;
new text end

new text begin (2) the child has not attained the age of 18, but the commissioner determines the
adoptive parent is no longer legally responsible for support of the child;
new text end

new text begin (3) the commissioner determines the adoptive parent is no longer providing financial
support to the child up to age 21;
new text end

new text begin (4) the death of the child; or
new text end

new text begin (5) the adoptive parent requests in writing termination of the adoption assistance
agreement.
new text end

new text begin (b) An adoptive parent is considered no longer legally responsible for support of the
child in any of the following circumstances:
new text end

new text begin (1) parental rights to the child are legally terminated or a court accepted the parent's
consent to adoption under chapter 260C;
new text end

new text begin (2) permanent legal and physical custody or guardianship of the child is transferred
to another individual;
new text end

new text begin (3) death of adoptive parent;
new text end

new text begin (4) child enlists in the military;
new text end

new text begin (5) child gets married; or
new text end

new text begin (6) child is determined an emancipated minor through legal action.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Death of adoptive parent or adoption dissolution. new text end

new text begin The adoption
assistance agreement ends upon death or termination of parental rights of both adoptive
parents in the case of a two-parent adoption, or the sole adoptive parent in the case of
a single-parent adoption. The child's adoption assistance eligibility may be continued
according to section 259A.40.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Termination notice for parent. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall provide the
child's parent written notice of termination of payment. Termination notices must be sent
according to the requirements and procedures prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

Sec. 9.

new text begin [259A.40] ASSIGNMENT OF ADOPTION ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Continuing child's eligibility for title IV-E adoption assistance
in a subsequent adoption.
new text end

new text begin (a) The child maintains eligibility for title IV-E adoption
assistance in a subsequent adoption if the following criteria are met:
new text end

new text begin (1) the child is determined to be a child with special needs as outlined in section
259A.10, subdivision 2; and
new text end

new text begin (2) the subsequent adoptive parent resides in Minnesota.
new text end

new text begin (b) If the child had a title IV-E adoption assistance agreement prior to the death of
the adoptive parent or dissolution of the adoption, and the subsequent adoptive parent
resides outside of Minnesota, the state is not responsible for determining whether the child
meets the definition of special needs, entering into the adoption assistance agreement, and
making any adoption assistance payments outlined in the new agreement unless a state
agency in Minnesota has responsibility for placement and care of the child at the time of
the subsequent adoption. If there is no state agency in Minnesota that has responsibility
for placement and care of the child at the time of the subsequent adoption, it is the public
child welfare agency in the subsequent adoptive parent's residence that is responsible for
determining whether the child meets the definition of special needs and entering into the
adoption assistance agreement.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Assigning a child's adoption assistance to a court-appointed guardian.
new text end

new text begin (a) State-funded adoption assistance may be continued with the written consent of the
commissioner to an individual who is a guardian appointed by a court for the child upon
the death of both the adoptive parents in the case of a two-parent adoption, or the sole
adoptive parent in the case of a single-parent adoption, unless the child is under the
custody of a child-placing agency.
new text end

new text begin (b) Temporary assignment of adoption assistance may be approved by the
commissioner for a maximum of six consecutive months from the death of the parent
or parents and must adhere to the requirements and procedures prescribed by the
commissioner. If, within six months, the child has not been adopted by a person agreed
upon by the commissioner, or if a court has not appointed a legal guardian under either
section 260C.325 or 524.5-313, or similar law of another jurisdiction, the adoption
assistance shall terminate. Upon assignment of payments pursuant to this subdivision,
funding shall be from state funds only.
new text end

Sec. 10.

new text begin [259A.45] EXTENSION OF ADOPTION ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin General requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) Under certain limited circumstances a
child may qualify for extension of the adoption assistance agreement beyond the date the
child attains age 18, up to the date the child attains the age of 21.
new text end

new text begin (b) A request for extension of the adoption assistance agreement must be completed
in writing and submitted, including all supporting documentation, by the adoptive parent
at least 60 calendar days prior to the date that the current agreement will terminate.
new text end

new text begin (c) A signed amendment to the current adoption assistance agreement must be
fully executed between the adoptive parent and the commissioner at least ten business
days prior to the termination of the current agreement. The request for extension and the
fully executed amendment must be made according to the requirements and procedures
prescribed by the commissioner, including documentation of eligibility, and on forms
prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (d) If a child-placing agency is certifying a child for adoption assistance and
the child will attain the age of 18 within 60 calendar days of submission, the request
for extension must be completed in writing and submitted, including all supporting
documentation, with the adoption assistance application.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Extension past age 18 for child adopted after 16th birthday. new text end

new text begin A child
who has attained the age of 16 prior to finalization of the child's adoption is eligible for
extension of the adoption assistance agreement up to the date the child attains age 21
if the child is:
new text end

new text begin (1) dependent on the adoptive parent for care and financial support; and
new text end

new text begin (2)(i) completing a secondary education program or a program leading to an
equivalent credential;
new text end

new text begin (ii) enrolled in an institution that provides postsecondary or vocational education;
new text end

new text begin (iii) participating in a program or activity designed to promote or remove barriers to
employment;
new text end

new text begin (iv) employed for at least 80 hours per month; or
new text end

new text begin (v) incapable of doing any of the activities described in clauses (i) to (iv) due to
a medical condition where incapability is supported by documentation from an expert
according to the requirements and procedures prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Extension past age 18 for child adopted prior to 16th birthday. new text end

new text begin A child
who has not attained the age of 16 prior to finalization of the child's adoption is eligible
for extension of the adoption assistance agreement up to the date the child attains the
age of 21 if the child is:
new text end

new text begin (1) dependent on the adoptive parent for care and financial support; and
new text end

new text begin (2)(i) enrolled in a secondary education program or a program leading to the
equivalent; or
new text end

new text begin (ii) incapable of sustaining employment because of the continuation of a physical or
mental disability, upon which eligibility for adoption assistance was approved.
new text end

Sec. 11.

new text begin [259A.50] OVERPAYMENTS OF ADOPTION ASSISTANCE.
new text end

new text begin An amount of adoption assistance paid to an adoptive parent in excess of the
payment that was actually due is recoverable by the commissioner, even when the
overpayment was caused by agency error or circumstances outside the responsibility and
control of the parent or provider. Adoption assistance amounts covered by this section
include basic maintenance needs payments, monthly supplemental maintenance needs
payments, reimbursement of nonrecurring adoption expenses, reimbursement of special
nonmedical costs, and reimbursement of medical costs.
new text end

Sec. 12.

new text begin [259A.55] APPEALS AND FAIR HEARINGS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Appeals for denials, modifications, or terminations. new text end

new text begin An adoptive
parent or a prospective adoptive parent has the right to appeal to the commissioner under
section 256.045, for reasons including, but not limited to: when eligibility for adoption
assistance is denied, when a specific payment or reimbursement is modified or denied,
and when the agreement for an eligible child is terminated. A prospective adoptive parent
who disagrees with a decision by the commissioner prior to finalization of the adoption
may request review of the decision by the commissioner, or may appeal the decision
under section 256.045.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Extenuating circumstances. new text end

new text begin (a) An adoption assistance agreement must
be signed and fully executed prior to the court order that finalizes the adoption. An
adoptive parent who believes that extenuating circumstances exist, as to why the adoption
was finalized prior to fully executing an adoption assistance agreement, may request
a fair hearing. The parent has the responsibility to prove the existence of extenuating
circumstances, such as:
new text end

new text begin (1) relevant facts regarding the child were known by the child-placing agency and
not presented to the parent prior to finalization of the adoption; or
new text end

new text begin (2) the child-placing agency failed to advise a potential parent about the availability
of adoption assistance for a child in the county-paid foster care system.
new text end

new text begin (b) If an appeals judge finds through the fair hearing process that extenuating
circumstances existed and that the child met all eligibility criteria at the time the adoption
was finalized, the effective date and any associated federal financial participation shall
be retroactive to the date of the request for a fair hearing.
new text end

Sec. 13.

new text begin [259A.65] INTERSTATE COMPACT ON ADOPTION AND MEDICAL
ASSISTANCE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Purpose. new text end

new text begin It is the purpose and policy of the state of Minnesota to:
new text end

new text begin (1) enter into interstate agreements with agencies of other states to safeguard and
protect the interests of children covered by an adoption assistance agreement when they
are adopted across state lines or move to another state after adoption finalization; and
new text end

new text begin (2) provide a framework for uniformity and consistency in administrative procedures
when a child with special needs is adopted by a family in another state and for children
adopted in Minnesota who move to another state.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin For the purposes of this section, the terms defined in this
subdivision have the meanings given them, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
new text end

new text begin (1) "Adoption assistance state" means the state that certifies eligibility for Medicaid
in an adoption assistance agreement.
new text end

new text begin (2) "Resident state" is the state where the adopted child is a resident.
new text end

new text begin (3) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia,
the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or a territory or possession of the
United States.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Compacts authorized. new text end

new text begin The commissioner is authorized to develop,
negotiate, and enter into one or more interstate compacts on behalf of this state with other
states to implement Medicaid for children with adoption assistance agreements.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Contents of compacts. new text end

new text begin (a) A compact must include:
new text end

new text begin (1) a provision allowing all states to join the compact;
new text end

new text begin (2) a provision for withdrawal from the compact upon written notice to the parties,
effective one year after the notice is provided;
new text end

new text begin (3) a requirement that the protections afforded under the compact continue in force
for the duration of the adoption assistance from a party state other than the one in which
the adopted child is a resident;
new text end

new text begin (4) a requirement that each instance of adoption assistance to which the compact
applies be covered by an adoption assistance agreement in writing between the adoptive
parent and the state child welfare agency of the state that provides the adoption assistance,
and that the agreement be expressly for the benefit of the adopted child and enforceable by
the adoptive parent and the state agency providing the adoption assistance; and
new text end

new text begin (5) other provisions necessary and appropriate for the proper administration of the
compact.
new text end

new text begin (b) A compact may contain provisions establishing requirements and entitlements to
medical, developmental, child care, or other social services for the child under state law,
even though the child and the adoptive parent are in a state other than the one responsible
for or providing the services or funds to pay part or all of the costs.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Duties of commissioner of human services regarding medical
assistance.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of human services shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) provide Minnesota medical assistance for an adopted child who is title IV-E
eligible;
new text end

new text begin (2) provide Minnesota medical assistance for an adopted child who is not title IV-E
eligible who:
new text end

new text begin (i) was determined to have a special need for medical or rehabilitative care;
new text end

new text begin (ii) is living in another state; and
new text end

new text begin (iii) is covered by an adoption assistance agreement made by the commissioner for
medical coverage or benefits when the child is not eligible for Medicaid in the child's
residence state;
new text end

new text begin (3) consider the holder of a medical assistance identification card under this
subdivision as any other recipient of medical assistance under chapter 256B; and
new text end

new text begin (4) process and make payments on claims for the recipient in the same manner as
for other recipients of medical assistance.
new text end

new text begin (b) Coverage must be limited to providers authorized by Minnesota's medical
assistance program, and according to Minnesota's program requirements.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Cooperation with Medicaid. new text end

new text begin The adoptive parent shall cooperate with
and abide by the Medicaid program requirements and procedures of the state which
provides medical coverage.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Federal participation. new text end

new text begin The commissioner shall apply for and administer
all relevant aid in accordance with state and federal law.
new text end

Sec. 14.

new text begin [259A.70] REIMBURSEMENT OF NONRECURRING ADOPTION
EXPENSES.
new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of human services shall provide reimbursement to an adoptive
parent for costs incurred in an adoption of a child with special needs according to section
259A.10, subdivision 2. Reimbursement shall be made for expenses that are reasonable
and necessary for the adoption to occur, subject to a maximum of $2,000. The expenses
must directly relate to the legal adoption of the child, not be incurred in violation of state
or federal law, and must not have been reimbursed from other sources or funds.
new text end

new text begin (b) Children who have special needs but are not citizens or residents of the United
States and were either adopted in another country or brought to this country for the
purposes of adoption are categorically ineligible for this reimbursement program, except if
the child meets the eligibility criteria after the dissolution of the international adoption.
new text end

new text begin (c) An adoptive parent, in consultation with the responsible child-placing agency,
may request reimbursement of nonrecurring adoption expenses by submitting a complete
application, according to the requirements and procedures and on forms prescribed by
the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (d) The commissioner shall determine the child's eligibility for adoption expense
reimbursement under title IV-E of the Social Security Act, United States Code, title 42,
sections 670 to 676. If determined eligible, the commissioner of human services shall
sign the agreement for nonrecurring adoption expense reimbursement, making this a
fully executed agreement. To be eligible, the agreement must be fully executed prior to
the child's adoption finalization.
new text end

new text begin (e) An adoptive parent who has an adoption assistance agreement under section
259A.15, subdivision 2, is not required to make a separate application for reimbursement
of nonrecurring adoption expenses for the child who is the subject of that agreement.
new text end

new text begin (f) If determined eligible, the adoptive parent shall submit reimbursement requests
within 21 months of the date of the child's adoption decree, and according to requirements
and procedures prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

Sec. 15.

new text begin [259A.75] REIMBURSEMENT OF CERTAIN AGENCY COSTS;
PURCHASE OF SERVICE CONTRACTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin General information. new text end

new text begin (a) Subject to the procedures required by
the commissioner and the provisions of this section, a Minnesota county or tribal social
services agency shall receive a reimbursement from the commissioner equal to 100
percent of the reasonable and appropriate cost for contracted adoption placement services
identified for a specific child that are not reimbursed under other federal or state funding
sources.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner may spend up to $16,000 for each purchase of service
contract. Only one contract per child per adoptive placement is permitted. Funds
encumbered and obligated under the contract for the child remain available until the terms
of the contract are fulfilled or the contract is terminated.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioner shall set aside an amount not to exceed five percent of the
total amount of the fiscal year appropriation from the state for the adoption assistance
program to reimburse placing agencies for child-specific adoption placement services.
When adoption assistance payments for children's needs exceed 95 percent of the total
amount of the fiscal year appropriation from the state for the adoption assistance program,
the amount of reimbursement available to placing agencies for adoption services is
reduced correspondingly.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Child eligibility criteria. new text end

new text begin (a) A child who is the subject of a purchase
of service contract must:
new text end

new text begin (1) have the goal of adoption, which may include an adoption in accordance with
tribal law;
new text end

new text begin (2) be under the guardianship of the commissioner of human services or be a ward of
tribal court pursuant to section 260.755, subdivision 20; and
new text end

new text begin (3) meet all of the special needs criteria according to section 259A.10, subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin (b) A child under the guardianship of the commissioner must have an identified
adoptive parent and a fully executed adoption placement agreement according to section
260C.613, subdivision 1, paragraph (a).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Agency eligibility criteria. new text end

new text begin (a) A Minnesota county or tribal social
services agency shall receive reimbursement for child-specific adoption placement
services for an eligible child that it purchases from a private adoption agency licensed in
Minnesota or any other state or tribal social services agency.
new text end

new text begin (b) Reimbursement for adoption services is available only for services provided
prior to the date of the adoption decree.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Application and eligibility determination. new text end

new text begin (a) A county or tribal social
services agency may request reimbursement of costs for adoption placement services by
submitting a complete purchase of service application, according to the requirements and
procedures and on forms prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall determine eligibility for reimbursement of adoption
placement services. If determined eligible, the commissioner of human services shall
sign the purchase of service agreement, making this a fully executed contract. No
reimbursement under this section shall be made to an agency for services provided prior to
the fully executed contract.
new text end

new text begin (c) Separate purchase of service agreements shall be made, and separate records
maintained, on each child. Only one agreement per child per adoptive placement is
permitted. For siblings who are placed together, services shall be planned and provided to
best maximize efficiency of the contracted hours.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Reimbursement process. new text end

new text begin (a) The agency providing adoption services is
responsible to track and record all service activity, including billable hours, on a form
prescribed by the commissioner. The agency shall submit this form to the state for
reimbursement after services have been completed.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner shall make the final determination whether or not the
requested reimbursement costs are reasonable and appropriate and if the services have
been completed according to the terms of the purchase of service agreement.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Retention of purchase of service records. new text end

new text begin Agencies entering into
purchase of service contracts shall keep a copy of the agreements, service records, and all
applicable billing and invoicing according to the department's record retention schedule.
Agency records shall be provided upon request by the commissioner.
new text end

ARTICLE 2

CHILD PROTECTION

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260.012, is amended to read:


260.012 DUTY TO ENSURE PLACEMENT PREVENTION AND FAMILY
REUNIFICATION; REASONABLE EFFORTS.

(a) Once a child alleged to be in need of protection or services is under the court's
jurisdiction, the court shall ensure that reasonable efforts, including culturally appropriate
services, by the social services agency are made to prevent placement or to eliminate the
need for removal and to reunite the child with the child's family at the earliest possible
time, and the court must ensure that the responsible social services agency makes
reasonable efforts to finalize an alternative permanent plan for the child as provided in
paragraph (e). In determining reasonable efforts to be made with respect to a child and in
making those reasonable efforts, the child's best interests, health, and safety must be of
paramount concern. Reasonable efforts to prevent placement and for rehabilitation and
reunification are always required except upon a determination by the court that a petition
has been filed stating a prima facie case that:

(1) the parent has subjected a child to egregious harm as defined in section
260C.007, subdivision 14;

(2) the parental rights of the parent to another child have been terminated
involuntarily;

(3) the child is an abandoned infant under section 260C.301, subdivision 2,
paragraph (a), clause (2);

(4) the parent's custodial rights to another child have been involuntarily transferred
to a relative under section 260C.201, subdivision 11, paragraph (d), clause (1), or a similar
law of another jurisdiction; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

new text begin (5) the parent has committed sexual abuse as defined in section 626.556, subdivision
2, against the child or another child of the parent;
new text end

new text begin (6) the parent has committed an offense that requires registration as a predatory
offender under section 243.166, subdivision 1b, paragraph (a) or (b); or
new text end

deleted text begin (5)deleted text end new text begin(7) new text endthe provision of services or further services for the purpose of reunification is
futile and therefore unreasonable under the circumstances.

(b) When the court makes one of the prima facie determinations under paragraph (a),
either permanency pleadings under section 260C.201, subdivision 11, or a termination
of parental rights petition under sections 260C.141 and 260C.301 must be filed. A
permanency hearing under section 260C.201, subdivision 11, must be held within 30
days of this determination.

(c) In the case of an Indian child, in proceedings under sections 260B.178 or
260C.178, 260C.201, and 260C.301 the juvenile court must make findings and conclusions
consistent with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, United States Code, title 25, section
1901 et seq., as to the provision of active efforts. In cases governed by the Indian Child
Welfare Act of 1978, United States Code, title 25, section 1901, the responsible social
services agency must provide active efforts as required under United States Code, title
25, section 1911(d).

(d) "Reasonable efforts to prevent placement" means:

(1) the agency has made reasonable efforts to prevent the placement of the child in
foster care by working with the family to develop and implement a safety plan; or

(2) given the particular circumstances of the child and family at the time of the
child's removal, there are no services or efforts available which could allow the child to
safely remain in the home.

(e) "Reasonable efforts to finalize a permanent plan for the child" means due
diligence by the responsible social services agency to:

(1) reunify the child with the parent or guardian from whom the child was removed;

(2) assess a noncustodial parent's ability to provide day-to-day care for the child and,
where appropriate, provide services necessary to enable the noncustodial parent to safely
provide the care, as required by section 260C.212, subdivision 4;

(3) conduct a relative search to identify and provide notice to adult relatives as
required under section 260C.212, subdivision 5;

(4) place siblings removed from their home in the same home for foster care or
adoption, or transfer permanent legal and physical custody to a relative. Visitation
between siblings who are not in the same foster care, adoption, or custodial placement or
facility shall be consistent with section 260C.212, subdivision 2; and

(5) when the child cannot return to the parent or guardian from whom the child was
removed, to plan for and finalize a safe and legally permanent alternative home for the
child, and considers permanent alternative homes for the child inside or outside of the
state, preferably through adoption or transfer of permanent legal and physical custody of
the child.

(f) Reasonable efforts are made upon the exercise of due diligence by the responsible
social services agency to use culturally appropriate and available services to meet the
needs of the child and the child's family. Services may include those provided by the
responsible social services agency and other culturally appropriate services available in
the community. At each stage of the proceedings where the court is required to review
the appropriateness of the responsible social services agency's reasonable efforts as
described in paragraphs (a), (d), and (e), the social services agency has the burden of
demonstrating that:

(1) it has made reasonable efforts to prevent placement of the child in foster care;

(2) it has made reasonable efforts to eliminate the need for removal of the child from
the child's home and to reunify the child with the child's family at the earliest possible time;

(3) it has made reasonable efforts to finalize an alternative permanent home for
the child, and considers permanent alternative homes for the child inside or outside of
the state; or

(4) reasonable efforts to prevent placement and to reunify the child with the parent
or guardian are not required. The agency may meet this burden by stating facts in a sworn
petition filed under section 260C.141, by filing an affidavit summarizing the agency's
reasonable efforts or facts the agency believes demonstrate there is no need for reasonable
efforts to reunify the parent and child, or through testimony or a certified report required
under juvenile court rules.

(g) Once the court determines that reasonable efforts for reunification are not
required because the court has made one of the prima facie determinations under paragraph
(a), the court may only require reasonable efforts for reunification after a hearing according
to section 260C.163, where the court finds there is not clear and convincing evidence of
the facts upon which the court based its prima facie determination. In this case when there
is clear and convincing evidence that the child is in need of protection or services, the
court may find the child in need of protection or services and order any of the dispositions
available under section 260C.201, subdivision 1. Reunification of a deleted text beginsurvivingdeleted text end child with a
parent is not required if the parent has been convicted of:

(1) a violation of, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit a violation of, sections
609.185 to 609.20; 609.222, subdivision 2; or 609.223 in regard to another child of the
parent;

(2) a violation of section 609.222, subdivision 2; or 609.223, in regard to the
deleted text begin survivingdeleted text end child; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(3) a violation of, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit a violation of, United States
Code, title 18, section 1111(a) or 1112(a), in regard to another child of the parentdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (4) committing sexual abuse as defined in section 626.556, subdivision 2, against
the child or another child of the parent; or
new text end

new text begin (5) an offense that requires registration as a predatory offender under section
243.166, subdivision 1b, paragraph (a) or (b).
new text end

(h) The juvenile court, in proceedings under sections 260B.178 or 260C.178,
260C.201, and 260C.301 shall make findings and conclusions as to the provision of
reasonable efforts. When determining whether reasonable efforts have been made, the
court shall consider whether services to the child and family were:

(1) relevant to the safety and protection of the child;

(2) adequate to meet the needs of the child and family;

(3) culturally appropriate;

(4) available and accessible;

(5) consistent and timely; and

(6) realistic under the circumstances.

In the alternative, the court may determine that provision of services or further
services for the purpose of rehabilitation is futile and therefore unreasonable under the
circumstances or that reasonable efforts are not required as provided in paragraph (a).

(i) This section does not prevent out-of-home placement for treatment of a child with
a mental disability when it is determined to be medically necessary as a result of the child's
diagnostic assessment or individual treatment plan indicates that appropriate and necessary
treatment cannot be effectively provided outside of a residential or inpatient treatment
program and the level or intensity of supervision and treatment cannot be effectively and
safely provided in the child's home or community and it is determined that a residential
treatment setting is the least restrictive setting that is appropriate to the needs of the child.

(j) If continuation of reasonable efforts to prevent placement or reunify the child
with the parent or guardian from whom the child was removed is determined by the court
to be inconsistent with the permanent plan for the child or upon the court making one of
the prima facie determinations under paragraph (a), reasonable efforts must be made to
place the child in a timely manner in a safe and permanent home and to complete whatever
steps are necessary to legally finalize the permanent placement of the child.

(k) Reasonable efforts to place a child for adoption or in another permanent
placement may be made concurrently with reasonable efforts to prevent placement or to
reunify the child with the parent or guardian from whom the child was removed. When
the responsible social services agency decides to concurrently make reasonable efforts for
both reunification and permanent placement away from the parent under paragraph (a), the
agency shall disclose its decision and both plans for concurrent reasonable efforts to all
parties and the court. When the agency discloses its decision to proceed on both plans for
reunification and permanent placement away from the parent, the court's review of the
agency's reasonable efforts shall include the agency's efforts under both plans.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.001, is amended to read:


260C.001 TITLE, INTENT, AND CONSTRUCTION.

Subdivision 1.

Citationnew text begin; scopenew text end.

new text begin(a) new text endSections 260C.001 to deleted text begin260C.451deleted text endnew text begin 260C.521new text end may
be cited as the deleted text beginchilddeleted text endnew text begin juvenilenew text end protection provisions of the Juvenile Court Act.

new text begin (b) Juvenile protection proceedings include:
new text end

new text begin (1) a child in need of protection or services matters;
new text end

new text begin (2) permanency matters, including termination of parental rights;
new text end

new text begin (3) postpermanency reviews under section 260C.521; and
new text end

new text begin (4) adoption matters including posttermination of parental rights proceedings that
review the responsible social services agency's reasonable efforts to finalize adoption.
new text end

Subd. 2.

deleted text beginChild in need ofdeleted text endnew text begin Juvenilenew text end protection deleted text beginservicesdeleted text endnew text begin proceedingsnew text end.

(a) The
paramount consideration in allnew text begin juvenile protectionnew text end proceedings deleted text beginconcerning a child alleged
or found to be in need of protection or services
deleted text end is the health, safety, and best interests
of the child. In proceedings involving an American Indian child, as defined in section
260.755, subdivision 8, the best interests of the child must be determined consistent with
sections 260.751 to 260.835 and the Indian Child Welfare Act, United States Code, title
25, sections 1901 to 1923.

(b) The purpose of the laws relating to juvenile deleted text begincourtsdeleted text endnew text begin protection proceedingsnew text end is:

(1) to secure for each child deleted text beginalleged or adjudicated in need of protection or services
and
deleted text end under the jurisdiction of the court, the care and guidance, preferably in the child's own
home, as will best serve the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical welfare of the child;

(2) to provide judicial procedures deleted text beginwhichdeleted text endnew text begin thatnew text end protect the welfare of the child;

(3) to preserve and strengthen the child's family ties whenever possible and in the
child's best interests, removing the child from the custody of parents only when the child's
welfare or safety cannot be adequately safeguarded without removal;

(4) to ensure that when removal from the child's own family is necessary and in the
child's best interests, the responsible social services agency has legal responsibility for
the child removal either:

(i) pursuant to a voluntary placement agreement between the child's parent or
guardiannew text begin or the child, when the child is over age 18,new text end and the responsible social services
agency; or

(ii) by court order pursuant to section 260C.151, subdivision 6; deleted text begin206C.178; ordeleted text end
new text begin 260C.178; new text end260C.201;new text begin 260C.325; or 260C.515;
new text end

(5) to ensure that, when placement is pursuant to court order, the court order
removing the child or continuing the child in foster care contains an individualized
determination that placement is in the best interests of the child that coincides with the
actual removal of the child; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(6) to ensure that when the child is removed, the child's care and discipline is, as
nearly as possible, equivalent to that which should have been given by the parents and is
either in:

(i) the home of a noncustodial parent pursuant to section 260C.178 or 260C.201,
subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (1);

(ii) the home of a relative pursuant to emergency placement by the responsible social
services agency under chapter 245A; or

(iii) deleted text beginadeleted text end foster deleted text beginhomedeleted text end new text begincare new text endlicensed under chapter 245Adeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (7) to ensure appropriate permanency planning for children in foster care including:
new text end

new text begin (i) unless reunification is not required under section 260.012, developing a
permanency plan for the child that includes a primary plan for reunification with the
child's parent or guardian and a secondary plan for an alternative, legally permanent home
for the child in the event reunification cannot be achieved in a timely manner;
new text end

new text begin (ii) identifying, locating, and assessing both parents of the child as soon as possible
and offering reunification services to both parents of the child as required under sections
260.012 and 260C.219;
new text end

new text begin (iii) identifying, locating, and notifying relatives of both parents of the child
according to section 260.221;
new text end

new text begin (iv) making a placement with a family that will commit to being the legally
permanent home for the child in the event reunification cannot occur at the earliest
possible time while at the same time actively supporting the reunification plan; and
new text end

new text begin (v) returning the child home with supports and services, as soon as return is safe
for the child, or when safe return cannot be timely achieved, moving to finalize another
legally permanent home for the child.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Permanency deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin,new text end termination of parental rightsnew text begin, and adoptionnew text end.

The
purpose of the laws relating to permanency deleted text beginanddeleted text endnew text begin,new text end termination of parental rightsnew text begin, and
adoption of a child who comes under the guardianship of the commissioner of human
services
new text end is to ensure that:

(1) when required and appropriate, reasonable efforts have been made by the social
services agency to reunite the child with the child's parents in a home that is safe and
permanent; and

(2) if placement with the parents is not reasonably foreseeable, to secure for the
child a safe and permanent placementnew text begin according to the requirements of section 260C.212,
subdivision 2
new text end, preferably with adoptive parents ornew text begin, if that is not possible or in the best
interests of the child,
new text end a fit and willing relative through transfer of permanent legal and
physical custody to that relativenew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (3) when a child is under the guardianship of the commissioner of human services,
reasonable efforts are made to finalize an adoptive home for the child in a timely manner
new text end.

Nothing in this section requires reasonable efforts to prevent placement or to reunify
the child with the parent or guardian to be made in circumstances where the court has
determined that the child has been subjected to egregious harm, when the child is an
abandoned infant, the parent has involuntarily lost custody of another child through a
proceeding under section deleted text begin260C.201, subdivision 11deleted text endnew text begin 260C.515, subdivision 4new text end, or similar
law of another state, the parental rights of the parent to a sibling have been involuntarily
terminated, or the court has determined that reasonable efforts or further reasonable efforts
to reunify the child with the parent or guardian would be futile.

The paramount consideration in all proceedings for permanent placement of the
child under deleted text beginsection 260C.201, subdivision 11deleted text endnew text begin sections 260C.503 to 260C.521new text end, or the
termination of parental rights is the best interests of the child. In proceedings involving an
American Indian child, as defined in section 260.755, subdivision 8, the best interests of
the child must be determined consistent with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, United
States Code, title 25, section 1901, et seq.

Subd. 4.

Construction.

The laws relating to the deleted text beginchild protection provisions of
the
deleted text end juvenile deleted text begincourtsdeleted text endnew text begin protection proceedingsnew text end shall be liberally construed to carry out these
purposes.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.007, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Child.

"Child" means an individual under 18 years of age. For purposes of
this chapternew text begin and chapter 260Dnew text end, child also includes individuals under age 21 who are in
foster care pursuant to section 260C.451.

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.007, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 26a. new text end

new text begin Putative father. new text end

new text begin "Putative father" has the meaning given in section
259.21, subdivision 12.
new text end

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.007, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 27a. new text end

new text begin Responsible social services agency. new text end

new text begin "Responsible social services
agency" means the county social services agency that has responsibility for public child
welfare and child protection services and includes the provision of adoption services as an
agent of the commissioner of human services.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.007, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 31. new text end

new text begin Sibling. new text end

new text begin "Sibling" means one of two or more individuals who have one
or both parents in common through blood, marriage, or adoption including siblings as
defined by the child's tribal code or custom.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.101, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Other matters relating to children.

deleted text beginExcept as provided in clause (4),deleted text end The
juvenile court has original and exclusive jurisdiction in proceedings concerning:

(1) the termination of parental rights to a child in accordance with the provisions of
sections 260C.301 to 260C.328;

(2) new text beginpermanency matters under sections 260C.503 to 260C.521;
new text end

new text begin (3) new text endthe appointment and removal of a juvenile court guardian for a child, where
parental rights have been terminated under the provisions of sections 260C.301 to
260C.328;

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (4)new text end judicial consent to the marriage of a child when required by law;

deleted text begin (4) the juvenile court in those counties in which the judge of the probate-juvenile
court has been admitted to the practice of law in this state shall proceed under the laws
relating to adoptions in all adoption matters. In those counties in which the judge of the
probate-juvenile court has not been admitted to the practice of law in this state the district
court shall proceed under the laws relating to adoptions in
deleted text end

new text begin (5)new text end all adoption mattersnew text begin and review of the efforts to finalize the adoption of the childnew text end;

deleted text begin (5)deleted text endnew text begin (6)new text end the review of the placement of a child who is in foster care pursuant to a
voluntary placement agreement between the child's parent or parents and the responsible
social services agency under section deleted text begin260C.212, subdivision 8deleted text endnew text begin 260C.227new text end;new text begin or between the
child, when the child is over age 18, and the agency under section 260C.229; and
new text end

deleted text begin (6)deleted text endnew text begin (7)new text end the review of voluntary foster care placement of a child for treatment under
chapter 260D according to the review requirements of that chapter.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.150, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Determining parentage.

new text begin(a) new text endA parent and child relationship may be
established under this chapter deleted text beginaccording to the requirements of section 257.54 and the
Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure
deleted text end.new text begin The requirements of the Minnesota
Parentage Act must be followed unless otherwise specified in this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) An action to commence a parent and child relationship under this chapter must
be commenced by motion, which shall be personally served upon the alleged parent and
served upon the required parties under the Minnesota Parentage Act as provided for service
of motions in the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure. The motion shall be
brought in an existing juvenile protection proceeding and may be brought by any party, a
putative father, or the county attorney representing the responsible social services agency.
new text end

new text begin (c) Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, a motion to establish parentage
under this section, and any related documents or orders, are not confidential and are
accessible to the public according to the provisions of the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile
Protection Procedure. Any hearings related to establishment of paternity under this section
are accessible to the public according to the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection
Procedure.
new text end

new text begin (d) The court may order genetic testing of any putative father or any man presumed
to be father of a child who is the subject of a juvenile protection matter unless paternity
has already been adjudicated under the Minnesota Parentage Act or a recognition of
parentage has been fully executed and filed under section 257.75 when the recognition
of parentage has the force and effect of a judgment or order determining the existence
of the parent and child relationship under section 257.66. If a genetic testing is ordered,
a positive genetic test pursuant to section 257.62, subdivision 5, is required to establish
paternity for a child under this chapter.
new text end

new text begin (e) A copy of the order establishing the parent and child relationship shall be filed
in family court. Any further proceedings for modification of the child support portion of
the order that establishes the parent and child relationship shall be brought in the family
court of the county where the original order was filed. The review shall be under chapters
518 and 518A. Notice of any family court proceedings shall be provided by the court
administrator to the responsible social services agency, which shall be a party to the
family court proceeding.
new text end

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.157, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Investigation.

Upon request of the court the responsible social
services agency or probation officer shall investigate the personal and family history
and environment of any minor coming within the jurisdiction of the court under section
260C.101 and shall report its findings to the court. The court may order any minor coming
within its jurisdiction to be examined by a duly qualified physician, psychiatrist, or
psychologist appointed by the court.

Adoption investigations shall be conducted in accordance with the laws relating to
adoptionsnew text begin in chapter 259new text end. deleted text beginAny funds received under the provisions of this subdivision
shall not cancel until the end of the fiscal year immediately following the fiscal year in
which the funds were received. The funds are available for use by the commissioner of
corrections during that period and are hereby appropriated annually to the commissioner of
corrections as reimbursement of the costs of providing these services to the juvenile courts.
deleted text end

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.157, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Juvenile treatment screening team.

(a) The responsible social services
agency shall establish a juvenile treatment screening team to conduct screenings and
prepare case plans under deleted text beginthis subdivisiondeleted text endnew text begin section 245.487, subdivision 3, and chapters
260C and 260D. Screenings shall be conducted within 15 days of a request for a screening
new text end.
The team, which may be the team constituted under section 245.4885 or 256B.092 or
Minnesota Rules, parts 9530.6600 to 9530.6655, shall consist of social workers, juvenile
justice professionals, and persons with expertise in the treatment of juveniles who are
emotionally disabled, chemically dependent, or have a developmental disabilitydeleted text begin. The team
shall involve parents or guardians in the screening process as appropriate
deleted text endnew text begin, and the child's
parent, guardian, or permanent legal custodian under section 260C.201, subdivision 11
new text end.
The team may be the same team as defined in section 260B.157, subdivision 3.

(b) The social services agency shall determine whether a child brought to its
attention for the purposes described in this section is an Indian child, as defined in section
260C.007, subdivision 21, and shall determine the identity of the Indian child's tribe, as
defined in section 260.755, subdivision 9. When a child to be evaluated is an Indian child,
the team provided in paragraph (a) shall include a designated representative of the Indian
child's tribe, unless the child's tribal authority declines to appoint a representative. The
Indian child's tribe may delegate its authority to represent the child to any other federally
recognized Indian tribe, as defined in section 260.755, subdivision 12.

(c) If the court, prior to, or as part of, a final disposition, proposes to place a child:

(1) for the primary purpose of treatment for an emotional disturbance, a
developmental disability, or chemical dependency in a residential treatment facility out
of state or in one which is within the state and licensed by the commissioner of human
services under chapter 245A; or

(2) in any out-of-home setting potentially exceeding 30 days in duration, including a
postdispositional placement in a facility licensed by the commissioner of corrections or
human services, the court shall ascertain whether the child is an Indian child and shall
notify the county welfare agency and, if the child is an Indian child, shall notify the Indian
child's tribe. The county's juvenile treatment screening team must either: (i) screen and
evaluate the child and file its recommendations with the court within 14 days of receipt
of the notice; or (ii) elect not to screen a given case and notify the court of that decision
within three working days.

(d) deleted text beginIf the screening team has elected to screen and evaluate the child,deleted text end The child
may not be placed for the primary purpose of treatment for an emotional disturbance, a
developmental disability, or chemical dependency, in a residential treatment facility out of
state nor in a residential treatment facility within the state that is licensed under chapter
245A, unless one of the following conditions applies:

(1) a treatment professional certifies that an emergency requires the placement
of the child in a facility within the state;

(2) the screening team has evaluated the child and recommended that a residential
placement is necessary to meet the child's treatment needs and the safety needs of the
community, that it is a cost-effective means of meeting the treatment needs, and that it
will be of therapeutic value to the child; or

(3) the court, having reviewed a screening team recommendation against placement,
determines to the contrary that a residential placement is necessary. The court shall state
the reasons for its determination in writing, on the record, and shall respond specifically
to the findings and recommendation of the screening team in explaining why the
recommendation was rejected. The attorney representing the child and the prosecuting
attorney shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard on the matter.

(e) When the county's juvenile treatment screening team has elected to screen and
evaluate a child determined to be an Indian child, the team shall provide notice to the
tribe or tribes that accept jurisdiction for the Indian child or that recognize the child as a
member of the tribe or as a person eligible for membership in the tribe, and permit the
tribe's representative to participate in the screening team.

(f) When the Indian child's tribe or tribal health care services provider or Indian
Health Services provider proposes to place a child for the primary purpose of treatment
for an emotional disturbance, a developmental disability, or co-occurring emotional
disturbance and chemical dependency, the Indian child's tribe or the tribe delegated by
the child's tribe shall submit necessary documentation to the county juvenile treatment
screening team, which must invite the Indian child's tribe to designate a representative to
the screening team.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective August 1, 2011.
new text end

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.163, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

General.

(a) Except for hearings arising under section 260C.425,
hearings on any matter shall be without a jury and may be conducted in an informal
manner. In all adjudicatory proceedings deleted text begininvolving a child alleged to be in need of
protection or services
deleted text endnew text begin regarding juvenile protection matters under this chapternew text end, the court
shall admit only evidence that would be admissible in a civil trial. To be proved at trial,
allegations of a petition alleging a child to be in need of protection or services must be
proved by clear and convincing evidence.

(b) Except for proceedings involving a child alleged to be in need of protection or
services and petitions for the termination of parental rights, hearings may be continued or
adjourned from time to time. In proceedings involving a child alleged to be in need of
protection or services and deleted text beginpetitionsdeleted text end for the termination of parental rights, hearings may not
be continued or adjourned for more than one week unless the court makes specific findings
that the continuance or adjournment is in the best interests of the child. If a hearing is held
on a petition involving physical or sexual abuse of a child who is alleged to be in need of
protection or services or neglected and in foster care, the court shall file the decision with
the court administrator as soon as possible but no later than 15 days after the matter is
submitted to the court. When a continuance or adjournment is ordered in any proceeding,
the court may make any interim orders as it deems in the best interests of the minor in
accordance with deleted text beginthe provisions of deleted text enddeleted text beginsections 260C.001 to 260C.421deleted text endnew text begin this chapternew text end.

(c) Absent exceptional circumstances, hearings under this chapternew text begin, except hearings
in adoption proceedings,
new text end are presumed to be accessible to the public, however the court
may close any hearing and the records related to any matter as provided in the Minnesota
Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure.

(d) Adoption hearings deleted text beginshall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of laws
relating to adoptions
deleted text endnew text begin are closed to the public and all records related to an adoption are
inaccessible except as provided in the Minnesota Rules of Adoption Procedure
new text end.

(e) In any permanency hearing, including the transition of a child from foster care
to independent living, the court shall ensure that its consult with the child during the
hearing is in an age-appropriate manner.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.163, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

County attorney.

deleted text beginExcept in adoption proceedings, the county attorney
shall present the evidence upon request of the court.
deleted text end In representing thenew text begin responsible social
services
new text end agency, the county attorney shall also have the responsibility for advancing the
public interest in the welfare of the child.

Sec. 13.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.163, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Rights of parties at hearing.

new text begin(a) Except in adoption proceedings or review
hearings after termination of parental rights,
new text endthe deleted text beginminordeleted text endnew text begin childnew text end and the deleted text beginminor'sdeleted text endnew text begin child'snew text end parent,
guardian, or custodian are entitled to be heard, to present evidence material to the case,
and to cross-examine witnesses appearing at the hearing.

new text begin (b) A child who is under the guardianship of the commissioner of human services
has the right to be consulted in an age-appropriate manner regarding the adoption plan for
the child. A child age 16 or over must consent to the adoption.
new text end

Sec. 14.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.178, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Hearing and release requirements.

(a) If a child was taken into
custody under section 260C.175, subdivision 1, clause (1) or (2), item (ii), the court shall
hold a hearing within 72 hours of the time the child was taken into custody, excluding
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, to determine whether the child should continue in
custody.

(b) Unless there is reason to believe that the child would endanger self or others or
not return for a court hearing, or that the child's health or welfare would be immediately
endangered, the child shall be released to the custody of a parent, guardian, custodian,
or other suitable person, subject to reasonable conditions of release including, but not
limited to, a requirement that the child undergo a chemical use assessment as provided in
section 260C.157, subdivision 1.

(c) If the court determines there is reason to believe that the child would endanger
self or others or not return for a court hearing, or that the child's health or welfare would
be immediately endangered if returned to the care of the parent or guardian who has
custody and from whom the child was removed, the court shall order the child into
foster care under the legal responsibility of the responsible social services agency or
responsible probation or corrections agency for the purposes of protective care as that term
is used in the juvenile court rules or into the home of a noncustodial parent and order the
noncustodial parent to comply with any conditions the court determines to be appropriate
to the safety and care of the child, including cooperating with paternity establishment
proceedings in the case of a man who has not been adjudicated the child's father. The
court shall not give the responsible social services legal custody and order a trial home
visit at any time prior to adjudication and disposition under section 260C.201, subdivision
1
, paragraph (a), clause (3), but may order the child returned to the care of the parent or
guardian who has custody and from whom the child was removed and order the parent or
guardian to comply with any conditions the court determines to be appropriate to meet
the safety, health, and welfare of the child.

(d) In determining whether the child's health or welfare would be immediately
endangered, the court shall consider whether the child would reside with a perpetrator
of domestic child abuse.

(e) The court, before determining whether a child should be placed in or continue
in foster care under the protective care of the responsible agency, shall also make a
determination, consistent with section 260.012 as to whether reasonable efforts were made
to prevent placement or whether reasonable efforts to prevent placement are not required.
In the case of an Indian child, the court shall determine whether active efforts, according
to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, United States Code, title 25, section 1912(d),
were made to prevent placement. The court shall enter a finding that the responsible
social services agency has made reasonable efforts to prevent placement when the agency
establishes either:

(1) that it has actually provided services or made efforts in an attempt to prevent
the child's removal but that such services or efforts have not proven sufficient to permit
the child to safely remain in the home; or

(2) that there are no services or other efforts that could be made at the time of the
hearing that could safely permit the child to remain home or to return home. When
reasonable efforts to prevent placement are required and there are services or other efforts
that could be ordered which would permit the child to safely return home, the court shall
order the child returned to the care of the parent or guardian and the services or efforts put
in place to ensure the child's safety. When the court makes a prima facie determination
that one of the circumstances under paragraph (g) exists, the court shall determine that
reasonable efforts to prevent placement and to return the child to the care of the parent or
guardian are not required.

If the court finds the social services agency's preventive or reunification efforts
have not been reasonable but further preventive or reunification efforts could not permit
the child to safely remain at home, the court may nevertheless authorize or continue
the removal of the child.

(f) The court may not order or continue the foster care placement of the child unless
the court makes explicit, individualized findings that continued custody of the child by
the parent or guardian would be contrary to the welfare of the child and that placement is
in the best interest of the child.

(g) At the emergency removal hearing, or at any time during the course of the
proceeding, and upon notice and request of the county attorney, the court shall determine
whether a petition has been filed stating a prima facie case that:

(1) the parent has subjected a child to egregious harm as defined in section
260C.007, subdivision 14;

(2) the parental rights of the parent to another child have been involuntarily
terminated;

(3) the child is an abandoned infant under section 260C.301, subdivision 2,
paragraph (a), clause (2);

(4) the parents' custodial rights to another child have been involuntarily transferred
to a relative under new text beginMinnesota Statutes 2010, new text endsection 260C.201, subdivision 11, paragraph
(e), clause (1)new text begin;new text endnew text begin section 260C.515, subdivision 4new text end, or a similar law of another jurisdiction; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(5)new text begin the parent has committed sexual abuse as defined in section 626.556, subdivision
2, against the child or another child of the parent;
new text end

new text begin (6) the parent has committed an offense that requires registration as a predatory
offender under section 243.166, subdivision 1b, paragraph (a) or (b); or
new text end

new text begin (7)new text end the provision of services or further services for the purpose of reunification is
futile and therefore unreasonable.

(h) When a petition to terminate parental rights is required under section 260C.301,
subdivision 3
or 4, but the county attorney has determined not to proceed with a
termination of parental rights petition, and has instead filed a petition to transfer permanent
legal and physical custody to a relative under section deleted text begin260C.201, subdivision 11deleted text endnew text begin 260C.515,
subdivision 4
new text end, the court shall schedule a permanency hearing within 30 days of the filing
of the petition.

(i) If the county attorney has filed a petition under section 260C.307, the court shall
schedule a trial under section 260C.163 within 90 days of the filing of the petition except
when the county attorney determines that the criminal case shall proceed to trial first under
section deleted text begin260C.201, subdivision 3deleted text endnew text begin 260C.503, subdivision 2, paragraph (c)new text end.

(j) If the court determines the child should be ordered into foster care and the child's
parent refuses to give information to the responsible social services agency regarding the
child's father or relatives of the child, the court may order the parent to disclose the names,
addresses, telephone numbers, and other identifying information to the responsible social
services agency for the purpose of complying with deleted text beginthe requirements ofdeleted text end sections 260C.151,
260C.212, and 260C.215.

(k) If a child ordered into foster care has siblings, whether full, half, or step, who
are also ordered into foster care, the court shall inquire of the responsible social services
agency of the efforts to place the children together as required by section 260C.212,
subdivision 2
, paragraph (d), if placement together is in each child's best interests, unless
a child is in placement for treatment or a child is placed with a previously noncustodial
parent who is not new text begina new text endparent to all siblings. If the children are not placed together at the time
of the hearing, the court shall inquire at each subsequent hearing of the agency's reasonable
efforts to place the siblings together, as required under section 260.012. If any sibling is
not placed with another sibling or siblings, the agency must develop a plan to facilitate
visitation or ongoing contact among the siblings as required under section 260C.212,
subdivision 1
, unless it is contrary to the safety or well-being of any of the siblings to do so.

new text begin (l) When the court has ordered the child into foster care or into the home of a
noncustodial parent, the court may order a chemical dependency evaluation, mental health
evaluation, medical examination, and parenting assessment for the parent as necessary
to support the development of a plan for reunification required under subdivision 7 and
section 260C.212, subdivision 1, or the child protective services plan under section
626.556, subdivision 10, and Minnesota Rules, part 9560.0228.
new text end

Sec. 15.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.178, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Out-of-home placement plan.

(a) An out-of-home placement plan
required under section 260C.212 shall be filed with the court within 30 days of the filing
of anew text begin juvenile protectionnew text end petition deleted text beginalleging the child to be in need of protection or servicesdeleted text end
under section 260C.141, subdivision 1,new text begin when the court orders emergency removal of the
child under this section,
new text end or filed with the petition if the petition is a review of a voluntary
placement under section 260C.141, subdivision 2.

(b) Upon the filing of the out-of-home placement plan which has been developed
jointly with the parent and in consultation with others as required under section 260C.212,
subdivision 1
, the court may approve implementation of the plan by the responsible social
services agency based on the allegations contained in the petitionnew text begin and any evaluations,
examinations, or assessments conducted under subdivision 1, paragraph (l)
new text end. The court
shall send written notice of the approval of the out-of-home placement plan to all parties
and the county attorney or may state such approval on the record at a hearing. A parent
may agree to comply with the terms of the plan filed with the court.

(c) The responsible social services agency shall make reasonable deleted text beginattemptsdeleted text endnew text begin effortsnew text end
to engage deleted text begina parentdeleted text endnew text begin both parents of the childnew text end in case planning. deleted text beginIf the parent refuses to
cooperate in the development of the out-of-home placement plan or disagrees with the
services recommended by
deleted text end The responsible social service agencydeleted text begin, the agencydeleted text end shall deleted text beginnote
such refusal or disagreement for the court
deleted text endnew text begin report the results of its efforts to engage the
child's parents
new text end in the out-of-home placement plan filed with the court. The agency shall
notify the court of the services it will provide or efforts it will attempt under the plan
notwithstanding the parent's refusal to cooperate or disagreement with the services. The
parent may ask the court to modify the plan to require different or additional services
requested by the parent, but which the agency refused to provide. The court may approve
the plan as presented by the agency or may modify the plan to require services requested
by the parent. The court's approval shall be based on the content of the petition.

(d) Unless the parent agrees to comply with the terms of the out-of-home placement
plan, the court may not order a parent to comply with the provisions of the plan until the
court finds the child is in need of protection or services and orders disposition under
section 260C.201, subdivision 1. However, the court may find that the responsible social
services agency has made reasonable efforts for reunification if the agency makes efforts
to implement the terms of an out-of-home placement plan approved under this section.

Sec. 16.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.193, subdivision 3, is amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Best interest of the child deleted text beginin foster care or residential caredeleted text end.

(a) The
policy of the state is to ensure that the best interests of children in foster deleted text beginor residentialdeleted text end
carenew text begin, who experience transfer of permanent legal and physical custody to a relative under
section 260C.515, subdivision 4, or adoption under chapter 259
new text end are met by requiring
individualized determinations under section 260C.212, subdivision 2, paragraph (b), of
the needs of the child and of how the selected deleted text beginplacementdeleted text endnew text begin homenew text end will serve the needs of the
child in foster care placements.

(b) new text beginNo later than three months after a child is ordered removed from the care of a
parent in the hearing required under section 260C.202,
new text endthe court shall review new text beginand enter
findings regarding
new text endwhether the responsible social services agency madenew text begin:
new text end

new text begin (1) diligent new text end efforts new text beginto identify and search for relatives new text endas required under section
deleted text begin 260C.212, subdivision 5,deleted text endnew text begin 260C.221;new text end and deleted text beginmadedeleted text end

new text begin (2) new text endan individualized determination as required under section 260C.212, subdivision
2
new text begin, to select a home that meets the needs of the childnew text end.

new text begin (c) new text endIf the court finds the agency has not made efforts as required under section
deleted text begin 260C.212, subdivision 5,deleted text end new text begin260C.221 new text endand there is a relative who qualifies to be licensed
to provide family foster care under chapter 245A, the court may order the child placed
with the relative consistent with the child's best interests.

new text begin (d) If the agency's efforts under section 260C.221 are found to be sufficient, the
court shall order the agency to continue to appropriately engage relatives who responded
to the notice under section 260C.221 in placement and case planning decisions and to
appropriately engage relatives who subsequently come to the agency's attention.
new text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end If the child's birth parent or parents explicitly request that a relative or
important friend not be considered, the court shall honor that request if it is consistent with
the best interests of the child. If the child's birth parent or parents express a preference
for placing the child in a foster or adoptive home of the same or a similar religious
background to that of the birth parent or parents, the court shall order placement of the
child with an individual who meets the birth parent's religious preference.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (f)new text end Placement of a child cannot be delayed or denied based on race, color, or
national origin of the foster parent or the child.

deleted text begin (e)deleted text end new text begin(g) new text endWhenever possible, siblings should be placed together unless it is determined
not to be in the best interests of deleted text begina siblingdeleted text endnew text begin siblingsnew text end. If siblings deleted text beginaredeleted text endnew text begin werenew text end not placed together
according to section 260C.212, subdivision 2, paragraph (d), the responsible social
services agency shall report to the court the efforts made to place the siblings together
and why the efforts were not successful. If the court is not satisfied deleted text beginwithdeleted text endnew text begin thatnew text end the deleted text beginagency'sdeleted text endnew text begin
agency has made reasonable
new text end efforts to place siblings together, the court deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end order
the agency to make new text beginreasonable new text endfurther efforts. If siblings are not placed together the court
shall deleted text beginreviewdeleted text endnew text begin ordernew text end the responsible social services deleted text beginagency'sdeleted text endnew text begin agency to implement thenew text end plan
for visitation among siblings required as part of the out-of-home placement plan under
section 260C.212.

(f) This subdivision does not affect the Indian Child Welfare Act, United States
Code, title 25, sections 1901 to 1923, and the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation
Act, sections 260.751 to 260.835.

Sec. 17.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.193, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Jurisdiction to review foster care to age 21, termination of jurisdiction,
jurisdiction to age 18.

(a) Jurisdiction over a child in foster care pursuant to section
260C.451 deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin shallnew text end continue to age 21 for the purpose of conducting the reviews required
under section deleted text begin260C.201, subdivision 11, paragraph (d), 260C.212, subdivision 7, or
260C.317, subdivision 3
deleted text endnew text begin 260C.203 or 260C.515, subdivision 5 or 6new text end. Jurisdiction over a
child in foster care pursuant to section 260C.451 shall not be terminated without giving
the child notice of any motion or proposed order to dismiss jurisdiction and an opportunity
to be heard on the appropriateness of the dismissal. When a child in foster care pursuant to
section 260C.451 asks to leave foster care or actually leaves foster care, the court may
terminate its jurisdiction.

(b) deleted text beginExcept when a court order is necessary for a child to be in foster care or when
continued review under (1) section 260C.212, subdivision 7, paragraph (d), or 260C.201,
subdivision 11
, paragraph (d), and (2) section
deleted text enddeleted text begin260C.317, subdivision 3, is required for a
child in foster care under section 260C.451,
deleted text end The court may terminate jurisdiction on its
own motion or the motion of any interested party upon a determination that jurisdiction is
no longer necessary to protect the child's best interestsnew text begin except when:
new text end

new text begin (1) a court order is necessary for a child to be in foster care; or
new text end

new text begin (2) continued review under section 260C.203 or 260C.515, subdivision 5 or 6, is
required for a child in foster care under section 260C.451
new text end.

(c) Unless terminated by the court, and except as otherwise provided in this
subdivision, the jurisdiction of the court shall continue until the child becomes 18 years
of age.new text begin The court may continue jurisdiction over an individual and all other parties to
the proceeding to the individual's 19th birthday when continuing jurisdiction is in the
individual's best interest in order to:
new text end

new text begin (1) protect the safety or health of the individual;
new text end

new text begin (2) accomplish additional planning for independent living or for the transition out of
foster care; or
new text end

new text begin (3) support the individual's completion of high school or a high school equivalency
program.
new text end

Sec. 18.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.201, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Written findings.

(a) Any order for a disposition authorized under this
section shall contain written findings of fact to support the disposition and case plan
ordered and shall also set forth in writing the following information:

(1) why the best interests and safety of the child are served by the disposition and
case plan ordered;

(2) what alternative dispositions or services under the case plan were considered by
the court and why such dispositions or services were not appropriate in the instant case;

(3) when legal custody of the child is transferred, the appropriateness of the
particular placement made or to be made by the placing agency using the factors in section
260C.212, subdivision 2, paragraph (b);

(4) whether reasonable effortsnew text begin to finalize the permanent plan for the childnew text end consistent
with section 260.012 were madenew text begin including reasonable efforts:new text end

new text begin (i) new text endto prevent deleted text beginor eliminate the necessity ofdeleted text end the child's deleted text beginremovaldeleted text endnew text begin placementnew text end and to
reunify the deleted text beginfamily after removaldeleted text endnew text begin child with the parent or guardian from whom the child was
removed at the earliest time consistent with the child's safety
new text end. The court's findings must
include a brief description of what preventive and reunification efforts were made and
why further efforts could not have prevented or eliminated the necessity of removal or that
reasonable efforts were not required under section 260.012 or 260C.178, subdivision 1;

new text begin (ii) to identify and locate any noncustodial or nonresident parent of the child and to
assess such parent's ability to provide day-to-day care of the child, and, where appropriate,
provide services necessary to enable the noncustodial or nonresident parent to safely
provide day-to-day care of the child as required under section 260C.219, unless such
services are not required under section 260.012 or 260C.178, subdivision 1;
new text end

new text begin (iii) to make the diligent search for relatives and provide the notices required under
section 260C.221; a finding made pursuant to a hearing under section 260C.202 that
the agency has made diligent efforts to conduct a relative search and has appropriately
engaged relatives who responded to the notice under section 260C.221 and other relatives,
who came to the attention of the agency after notice under section 260C.221 was sent, in
placement and case planning decisions fulfills the requirement of this item;
new text end

new text begin (iv) to identify and make a foster care placement in the home of an unlicensed
relative according to the requirements of section 245A.035, a licensed relative, or other
licensed foster care provider who will commit to being the permanent legal parent or
custodian for the child in the event reunification cannot occur, but who will actively
support the reunification plan for the child; and
new text end

new text begin (v) to place siblings together in the same home or to ensure visitation is occurring
when siblings are separated in foster care placement and visitation is in the siblings' best
interests under section 260C.212, subdivision 2, paragraph (d);
new text endand

(5) if the child has been adjudicated as a child in need of protection or services
because the child is in need of special services or care to treat or ameliorate a mental
disability or emotional disturbance as defined in section 245.4871, subdivision 15, the
written findings shall also set forth:

(i) whether the child has mental health needs that must be addressed by the case plan;

(ii) what consideration was given to the diagnostic and functional assessments
performed by the child's mental health professional and to health and mental health care
professionals' treatment recommendations;

(iii) what consideration was given to the requests or preferences of the child's parent
or guardian with regard to the child's interventions, services, or treatment; and

(iv) what consideration was given to the cultural appropriateness of the child's
treatment or services.

(b) If the court finds that the social services agency's preventive or reunification
efforts have not been reasonable but that further preventive or reunification efforts could
not permit the child to safely remain at home, the court may nevertheless authorize or
continue the removal of the child.

(c) If the child has been identified by the responsible social services agency as the
subject of concurrent permanency planning, the court shall review the reasonable efforts
of the agency to deleted text beginrecruit, identify, and make a placement in a home where the foster parent
or relative that has committed to being the legally permanent home for the child in the
event reunification efforts are not successful
deleted text endnew text begin develop a permanency plan for the child that
includes a primary plan which is for reunification with the child's parent or guardian and a
secondary plan which is for an alternative, legally permanent home for the child in the
event reunification cannot be achieved in a timely manner
new text end.

Sec. 19.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.201, subdivision 10, is amended to
read:


Subd. 10.

Court review of foster care.

(a) If the court orders a child placed
in foster care, the court shall review the out-of-home placementnew text begin plan and the child's
placement
new text end at least every 90 days as required in juvenile court rules to determine whether
continued out-of-home placement is necessary and appropriate or whether the child should
be returned home. This review is not required if the court has returned the child home,
ordered the child permanently placed away from the parent under subdivision 11, or
terminated rights under section 260C.301. Court review for a child permanently placed
away from a parent, including where the child is under guardianship deleted text beginand legal custodydeleted text end of
the commissioner, shall be governed by deleted text beginsubdivision 11 ordeleted text end section 260C.317, subdivision
3
, deleted text beginwhichever is applicabledeleted text endnew text begin or 260C.521new text end.

(b) No later than deleted text beginsixdeleted text endnew text begin threenew text end months after the child's placement in foster care, the court
shall review agency efforts pursuant to section deleted text begin260C.212, subdivision 2,deleted text endnew text begin 260C.221new text end and
order that the efforts continue if the agency has failed to perform the duties under that
section.new text begin The court must order the agency to continue to appropriately evaluate relatives
who responded to the notice under section 260C.221 in placement and case planning
decisions and to evaluate other relatives who came to the agency's attention after notice
under section 260C.221 was sent.
new text end

(c) The court shall review the out-of-home placement plan and may modify the plan
as provided under subdivisions 6 and 7.

(d) When the court orders transfer of custody to a responsible social services
agency resulting in foster care or protective supervision with a noncustodial parent under
subdivision 1, the court shall notify the parents of the provisions of deleted text beginsubdivisions 11 anddeleted text endnew text begin
subdivision
new text end 11anew text begin and sections 260C.503 to 260C.521,new text end as required under juvenile court rules.

(e) When a child remains innew text begin or returns tonew text end foster care pursuant to section 260C.451 and
the court has jurisdiction pursuant to section 260C.193, subdivision 6, paragraph (c), the
court shallnew text begin at leastnew text end annually conduct the review required under deleted text beginsubdivision 11, paragraph
(d), or sections 260C.212, subdivision 7, and 260C.317, subdivision 3
deleted text endnew text begin section 260C.203new text end.

Sec. 20.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.212, subdivision 5, is amended to read:


Subd. 5.

Relative search.

(a) The responsible social services agency shall exercise
due diligence to identify and notify adult relatives prior to placement or within 30 days
after the child's removal from the parent. The county agency shall consider placement with
a relative under subdivision 2 without delaynew text begin and whenever the child must move from or be
returned to foster care
new text end. The relative search required by this section shall be deleted text beginreasonable anddeleted text end
comprehensive in scope deleted text beginand may last up to six months or until a fit and willing relative
is identified
deleted text end. new text beginAfter a finding that the agency has made reasonable efforts to conduct
the relative search under this paragraph, the agency has the continuing responsibility
to appropriately involve relatives, who have responded to the notice required under
paragraph (a), in planning for the child and to continue to consider relatives according to
the requirements of section 260C.212, subdivision 2. At any time during the course of
juvenile protection proceedings, the court may order the agency to reopen its search for
relatives when it is in the child's best interest to do so.
new text endThe relative search required by this
section shall include both maternal relatives of the child and paternal relatives of the childdeleted text begin,
if paternity is adjudicated
deleted text end.new text begin The search shall also include getting information from the child
in an age appropriate manner about who the child considers to be family members and
important friends with whom the child has resided or had significant contact. The relative
search required under this section must fulfill the agency's duties under the Indian Child
Welfare Act regarding active efforts to prevent the breakup of the Indian family under
United State Codes, title 25, section 1915.
new text end The relatives must be notified:

(1) of the need for a foster home for the child, the option to become a placement
resource for the child, and the possibility of the need for a permanent placement for the
child;

(2) of their responsibility to keep the responsible social services agency informed of
their current address in order to receive notice in the event that a permanent placement is
sought for the child. A relative who fails to provide a current address to the responsible
social services agency forfeits the right to notice of the possibility of permanent
placement. A decision by a relative not to benew text begin identified asnew text end anew text begin permanentnew text end placement resourcenew text begin
or participate in planning for the child
new text end at the beginning of the case deleted text beginshall notdeleted text endnew text begin maynew text end affect
whether the relative is considered for placement of the child with that relative later;

(3) that the relative may participate in the care and planning for the child, including
that the opportunity for such participation may be lost by failing to respond to the noticedeleted text begin;
and
deleted text endnew text begin. "Participate in the care and planning" includes, but is not limited to, participation in
case planning for the parent and child, identifying the strengths and needs of the parent
and child, supervising visits, providing respite and vacation visits for the child, providing
transportation to appointments, suggesting other relatives who might be able to help
support the case plan, and to the extent possible, helping to maintain the child's familiar
and regular activities and contact with friends and relatives;
new text end

(4) of the family foster care licensing requirements, including how to complete an
application and how to request a variance from licensing standards that do not present a
safety or health risk to the child in the home under section 245A.04 and supports that are
available for relatives and children who reside in a family foster homenew text begin; and
new text end

new text begin (5) of the relatives' right to ask to be notified of any court proceedings regarding
the child, to attend the hearings, and of a relative's right or opportunity to be heard by the
court as required under section 260C.152, subdivision 5
new text end.

(b) A responsible social services agency may disclose private deleted text beginor confidentialdeleted text end data,
as defined in deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin sectionsnew text end 13.02new text begin and 626.556new text end, to relatives of the child for the purpose
of locatingnew text begin and assessingnew text end a suitable placementnew text begin and may use any reasonable means of
identifying and locating relatives including the Internet or other electronic means of
conducting a search
new text end. The agency shall disclose deleted text beginonlydeleted text end data that is necessary to facilitate
possible placement with relativesnew text begin and to ensure that the relative is informed of the needs
of the child so the relative can participate in planning for the child and be supportive of
services to the child and family
new text end. If the child's parent refuses to give the responsible social
services agency information sufficient to identify the maternal and paternal relatives of the
child, the agency shall ask the juvenile court to order the parent to provide the necessary
information. If a parent makes an explicit request that relatives or a specific relative not be
contacted or considered for placement, the agency shall bring the parent's request to the
attention of the court to determine whether the parent's request is consistent with the best
interests of the child and the agency shall not contact relatives or a specific relative unless
authorized to do so by the juvenile court.

(c) new text beginAt a regularly scheduled hearing not later than three months after the child's
placement in foster care and as required in section 260C.202, the agency shall report to
the court:
new text end

new text begin (1) its efforts to identify maternal and paternal relatives of the child, to engage the
relatives in providing support for the child and family, and document that the relatives
have been provided the notice required under paragraph (a); and
new text end

new text begin (2) its decision regarding placing the child with a relative as required under section
260C.212, subdivision 2, and to ask relatives to visit or maintain contact with the child in
order to support family connections for the child, when placement with a relative is not
possible or appropriate.
new text end

new text begin (d) Notwithstanding chapter 13, the agency shall disclose data about particular
relatives identified, searched for, and contacted for the purposes of the court's review of
the agency's due diligence.
new text end

new text begin (e) When the court is satisfied that the agency has exercised due diligence to
identify relatives and provide the notice required in paragraph (a), the court may find that
reasonable efforts have been made to conduct a relative search to identify and provide
notice to adult relatives as required under section 260.012, paragraph (e), clause (3). If the
court is not satisfied that the agency has exercised due diligence to identify relatives and
provide the notice required in paragraph (a), the court may order the agency to continue its
search and notice efforts and to report back to the court.
new text end

new text begin (f) new text endWhen the placing agency determines that deleted text beginadeleted text end permanent placement deleted text beginhearing isdeleted text endnew text begin
proceedings are
new text end necessary because there is a likelihood that the child will not return to a
parent's care, the agency deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end send the notice provided in paragraph deleted text begin(d)deleted text endnew text begin (g)new text end, may ask
the court to modify the deleted text beginrequirementsdeleted text endnew text begin dutynew text end of the agency deleted text beginunder this paragraphdeleted text endnew text begin to send the
notice required in paragraph (g)
new text end, or may ask the court to completely relieve the agency
of the requirements of deleted text beginthisdeleted text end paragraphnew text begin (g)new text end. The relative notification requirements of deleted text beginthisdeleted text end
paragraphnew text begin (g)new text end do not apply when the child is placed with an appropriate relative or a
foster home that has committed to deleted text beginbeing thedeleted text endnew text begin adopting the child or takingnew text end permanent legal
deleted text begin placement fordeleted text endnew text begin and physical custody ofnew text end the child and the agency approves of that foster
home for permanent placement of the child. The actions ordered by the court under this
section must be consistent with the best interests, safety,new text begin permanency,new text end and welfare of
the child.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (g)new text end Unless required under the Indian Child Welfare Act or relieved of this duty
by the court under paragraph deleted text begin(c)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end, when the agency determines that it is necessary to
prepare for deleted text beginthedeleted text end permanent placement determination deleted text beginhearingdeleted text endnew text begin proceedingsnew text end, or in anticipation
of filing a termination of parental rights petition, the agency shall send notice to the
relatives, any adult with whom the child is currently residing, any adult with whom the
child has resided for one year or longer in the past, and any adults who have maintained a
relationship or exercised visitation with the child as identified in the agency case plan. The
notice must state that a permanent home is sought for the child and that the individuals
receiving the notice may indicate to the agency their interest in providing a permanent
home. The notice must state that within 30 days of receipt of the notice an individual
receiving the notice must indicate to the agency the individual's interest in providing
a permanent home for the child or that the individual may lose the opportunity to be
considered for a permanent placement.

deleted text begin (e) The Department of Human Services shall develop a best practices guide and
specialized staff training to assist the responsible social services agency in performing and
complying with the relative search requirements under this subdivision.
deleted text end

Sec. 21.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.212, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Administrative or court review of placements.

(a)new text begin Unless the court is
conducting the reviews required under section 260C.202,
new text end there shall be an administrative
review of the out-of-home placement plan of each child placed in foster care no later than
180 days after the initial placement of the child in foster care and at least every six months
thereafter if the child is not returned to the home of the parent or parents within that time.
The out-of-home placement plan must be monitored and updated at each administrative
review. The administrative review shall be conducted by the responsible social services
agency using a panel of appropriate persons at least one of whom is not responsible for the
case management of, or the delivery of services to, either the child or the parents who are
the subject of the review. The administrative review shall be open to participation by the
parent or guardian of the child and the child, as appropriate.

(b) As an alternative to the administrative review required in paragraph (a), the court
may, as part of any hearing required under the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection
Procedure, conduct a hearing to monitor and update the out-of-home placement plan
pursuant to the procedure and standard in section 260C.201, subdivision 6, paragraph
(d). The party requesting review of the out-of-home placement plan shall give parties to
the proceeding notice of the request to review and update the out-of-home placement
plan. A court review conducted pursuant to sectionnew text begin 260C.141, subdivision 2;new text end 260C.193;
260C.201, subdivision 1 deleted text beginor 11deleted text end; deleted text begin260C.141, subdivision 2; 260C.317deleted text endnew text begin 260C.202; 260C.204new text end;
or 260D.06 shall satisfy the requirement for the review so long as the other requirements
of this section are met.

(c) As appropriate to the stage of the proceedings and relevant court orders, the
responsible social services agency or the court shall review:

(1) the safety, permanency needs, and well-being of the child;

(2) the continuing necessity for and appropriateness of the placement;

(3) the extent of compliance with the out-of-home placement plan;

(4) the extent of progress deleted text beginwhichdeleted text endnew text begin thatnew text end has been made toward alleviating or mitigating
the causes necessitating placement in foster care;

(5) the projected date by which the child may be returned to and safely maintained in
the home or placed permanently away from the care of the parent or parents or guardian;
and

(6) the appropriateness of the services provided to the child.

(d) When a child is age 16 or older, in addition to any administrative review
conducted by the agency, at the in-court review required under section deleted text begin260C.201,
subdivision 11
deleted text endnew text begin 260C.515, subdivision 5 or 6new text end, or 260C.317, subdivision 3, clause (3),
the court shall review the independent living plan required undernew text begin section 260C.212,new text end
subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clause (11), and the provision of services to the child related
to the well-being of the child as the child prepares to leave foster care. The review shall
include the actual plans related to each item in the plan necessary to the child's future
safety and well-being when the child is no longer in foster care.

deleted text begin (1)deleted text endnew text begin (e)new text end At the court reviewnew text begin required under paragraph (d) for a child age 16 or older
the following procedures apply:
new text end

new text begin (1) six months before the child is expected to be discharged from foster carenew text end, the
responsible social services agency shall deleted text beginestablish that it has givendeleted text endnew text begin givenew text end thenew text begin writtennew text end
notice required under section deleted text begin260C.456 or Minnesota Rules, part 9560.0660deleted text endnew text begin 260C.451,
subdivision 1
new text end, regarding the right to continued access to services for certain children in
foster care past age 18 and of the right to appeal a denial of social services under section
256.045. deleted text beginIfdeleted text end The agency deleted text beginis unable to establish thatdeleted text endnew text begin shall file a copy ofnew text end the notice, including
the right to appeal a denial of social services, deleted text beginhas been given,deleted text endnew text begin withnew text end the courtnew text begin. If the agency
does not file the notice by the time the child is age 17-1/2, the court
new text end shall require the
agency to give itdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

(2) consistent with the requirements of the independent living plan, the court shall
review progress toward or accomplishment of the following goals:

(i) the child has obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent;

(ii) the child has completed a driver's education course or has demonstrated the
ability to use public transportation in the child's community;

(iii) the child is employed or enrolled in postsecondary education;

(iv) the child has applied for and obtained postsecondary education financial aid for
which the child is eligible;

(v) the child has health care coverage and health care providers to meet the child's
physical and mental health needs;

(vi) the child has applied for and obtained disability income assistance for which
the child is eligible;

(vii) the child has obtained affordable housing with necessary supports, which does
not include a homeless shelter;

(viii) the child has saved sufficient funds to pay for the first month's rent and a
damage deposit;

(ix) the child has an alternative affordable housing plan, which does not include a
homeless shelter, if the original housing plan is unworkable;

(x) the child, if male, has registered for the Selective Service; and

(xi) the child has a permanent connection to a caring adultdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; and
new text end

(3) the court shall ensure that the responsible agency in conjunction with the
placement provider assists the child in obtaining the following documents prior to the
child's leaving foster care: a Social Security card; the child's birth certificate; a state
identification card or driver's license, green card, or school visa; the child's school,
medical, and dental records; a contact list of the child's medical, dental, and mental health
providers; and contact information for the child's siblings, if the siblings are in foster care.

deleted text begin (e) When a child is age 17 or older, during the 90-day period immediately prior to
the date the child is expected to be discharged from foster care, the responsible social
services agency is required to provide the child with assistance and support in developing
a transition plan that is personalized at the direction of the child.
deleted text endnew text begin (f) For a child who
will be discharged from foster care at age 18 or older, the responsible social services
agency is required to develop a personalized transition plan as directed by the youth. The
transition plan must be developed during the 90-day period immediately prior to the
expected date of discharge.
new text end The transition plan must be as detailed as the child may elect
and include specific options on housing, health insurance, education, local opportunities
for mentors and continuing support services, and work force supports and employment
services.new text begin The plan must include information on the importance of designating another
individual to make health care treatment decisions on behalf of the child if the child
becomes unable to participate in these decisions and the child does not have, or does not
want, a relative who would otherwise be authorized to make these decisions. The plan
must provide the child with the option to execute a health care directive as provided
under chapter 145C.
new text end The county shall also provide the individual with appropriate contact
information if the individual needs more information or needs help dealing with a crisis
situation through age 21.

Sec. 22.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.215, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

deleted text beginConsultation with representativesdeleted text endnew text begin Duties of commissionernew text end.

The commissioner of human servicesdeleted text begin, after seeking and considering advice from
representatives reflecting diverse populations from the councils established under sections
3.922, 3.9223, 3.9225, and 3.9226, and other state, local, and community organizations
deleted text end
shall:

(1) deleted text beginreview and, where necessary, revise the Department of Human Services Social
Service Manual and Practice Guide
deleted text endnew text begin provide practice guidancenew text end to new text beginresponsible social
services agencies and child-placing agencies that
new text endreflect federal and statenew text begin laws andnew text end policy
direction on placement of children;

(2) develop criteria for determining whether a prospective adoptive or foster family
has the ability to understand and validate the child's cultural background;

(3) deleted text begindevelopdeleted text endnew text begin providenew text end a standardized training curriculum for adoption and foster care
workersdeleted text begin, family-based providers,deleted text end and administrators who work with children. Training
must address the following objectives:

deleted text begin (a)deleted text endnew text begin (i)new text end developing and maintaining sensitivity to all cultures;

deleted text begin (b)deleted text endnew text begin (ii)new text end assessing values and their cultural implications; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (iii)new text end making individualizednew text begin placementnew text end decisions that advance the best interests of
a particular child under section 260C.212, subdivision 2; new text beginand
new text end

new text begin (iv) issues related to cross-cultural placement;
new text end

(4) deleted text begindevelopdeleted text endnew text begin providenew text end a training curriculum for deleted text beginfamily and extended family membersdeleted text endnew text begin
all prospective adoptive and foster families that prepares them to care for the needs
new text end of
adoptive and foster children. The curriculum must address issues relating to cross-cultural
placements as well as issues that arise after a foster or adoptive placement is made; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(5) develop and provide to agencies deleted text beginan assessment tool to be used in combination
with group interviews and other preplacement activities
deleted text endnew text begin a home study formatnew text end to deleted text beginevaluatedeleted text endnew text begin
assess the capacities and needs of
new text end prospective adoptive and foster families. The deleted text begintooldeleted text endnew text begin
format
new text end must deleted text beginassessdeleted text endnew text begin addressnew text end problem-solving skills; deleted text beginidentifydeleted text end parenting skills; and evaluate
the degree to which the prospective family has the ability to understand and validate the
child's cultural backgroundnew text begin and other issues needed to provide sufficient information for
agencies to make an individualized placement decision consistent with section 260C.212,
subdivision 2. If a prospective adoptive parent has also been a foster parent, any update
necessary to a home study for the purpose of adoption must be completed by the licensing
authority responsible for the foster parent's license. If a prospective adoptive parent with an
approved adoptive home study also applies for a foster care license, the license application
must be made with the same agency which provided the adoptive home study; and
new text end

new text begin (6) consult as needed with representatives reflecting diverse populations from the
councils established under sections 3.922, 3.9223, 3.9225, and 3.9226, and other state,
local, and community organizations
new text end.

Sec. 23.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.215, subdivision 6, is amended to read:


Subd. 6.

Duties of child-placing agencies.

(a) Each authorized child-placing
agency must:

(1) develop and follow procedures for implementing the requirements of section
deleted text begin 260C.193, subdivision 3deleted text endnew text begin 260C.212, subdivision 2new text end, and the Indian Child Welfare Act,
United States Code, title 25, sections 1901 to 1923;

(2) have a written plan for recruiting adoptive and foster families that reflect the
ethnic and racial diversity of children who are in need of foster and adoptive homes.
The plan must includenew text begin:new text end

(i) strategies for using existing resources in diverse communities,

(ii) use of diverse outreach staff wherever possible,

(iii) use of diverse foster homes for placements after birth and before adoption,
and (iv) other techniques as appropriate;

(3) have a written plan for training adoptive and foster families;

(4) have a written plan for employing staff in adoption and foster care who have
the capacity to assess the foster and adoptive parents' ability to understand and validate a
child's cultural needs, and to advance the best interests of the childnew text begin, as required in section
260C.212, subdivision 2
new text end. The plan must include staffing goals and objectives;

(5) ensure that adoption and foster care workers attend training offered or approved
by the Department of Human Services regarding cultural diversity and the needs of special
needs children; and

(6) develop and implement procedures for implementing the requirements of the
Indian Child Welfare Act and the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act.

(b) In determining the suitability of a proposed placement of an Indian child, the
standards to be applied must be the prevailing social and cultural standards of the Indian
child's community, and the agency shall defer to tribal judgment as to suitability of a
particular home when the tribe has intervened pursuant to the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Sec. 24.

new text begin [260C.229] VOLUNTARY FOSTER CARE FOR CHILDREN OVER
AGE 18; REQUIRED COURT REVIEW.
new text end

new text begin (a) When a child asks to continue or to reenter foster care after age 18 under section
260C.451, the child and the responsible social services agency may enter into a voluntary
agreement for the child to be in foster care under the terms of section 260C.451. The
voluntary agreement must be in writing and on a form prescribed by the commissioner.
new text end

new text begin (b) When the child is in foster care pursuant to a voluntary foster care agreement
between the agency and child and the child is not already under court jurisdiction pursuant
to section 260C.193, subdivision 6, the agency responsible for the child's placement
in foster care shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) file a motion to reopen the juvenile protection matter where the court previously
had jurisdiction over the child within 30 days of the child and the agency executing the
voluntary placement agreement under paragraph (a) and ask the court to review the child's
placement in foster care and find that the placement is in the best interests of the child; and
new text end

new text begin (2) file the out-of-home placement plan required under subdivision 1 with the
motion to reopen jurisdiction.
new text end

new text begin (c) The court shall conduct a hearing on the matter within 30 days of the agency's
motion to reopen the matter and, if the court finds that placement is in the best interest of
the child, shall conduct the review for the purpose and with the content required under
section 260C.203, at least every 12 months as long as the child continues in foster care.
new text end

Sec. 25.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.301, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Findings regarding reasonable efforts.

In any proceeding under this
section, the court shall make specific findings:

(1) that reasonable efforts to deleted text beginprevent the placement anddeleted text endnew text begin finalize the permanency
plan
new text end to reunify the child and the parent were made including individualized and explicit
findings regarding the nature and extent of efforts made by the social services agency to
rehabilitate the parent and reunite the family; or

(2) that reasonable efforts deleted text beginatdeleted text endnew text begin fornew text end reunification are not required as provided under
section 260.012.

Sec. 26.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.328, is amended to read:


260C.328 CHANGE OF GUARDIAN; TERMINATION OF GUARDIANSHIP.

new text begin (a) new text endUpon its own motion or upon petition of an interested party, the juvenile court
having jurisdiction of the child may, after notice to the parties and a hearing, remove
the guardian appointed by the juvenile court and appoint a new guardian in accordance
with deleted text beginthe provisions ofdeleted text end section 260C.325, subdivision 1, clause (a), (b), or (c). Upon a
showing that the child is emancipated, the court may discharge the guardianship. Any
child 14 years of age or older who is not adopted but who is placed in a satisfactory foster
home, may, with the consent of the foster parents, join with the guardian appointed by the
juvenile court in a petition to the court having jurisdiction of the child to discharge the
existing guardian and appoint the foster parents as guardians of the child.

new text begin (b) new text endThe authority of a guardian appointed by the juvenile court terminates when the
individual under guardianship deleted text beginis no longer a minor or when guardianship is otherwise
discharged
deleted text endnew text begin becomes age 18. However, an individual who has been under the guardianship
of the commissioner and who has not been adopted may continue in foster care or reenter
foster care pursuant to section 260C.451 and the responsible social services agency has
continuing legal responsibility for the placement of the individual
new text end.

Sec. 27.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.451, is amended to read:


260C.451 FOSTER CARE BENEFITS deleted text beginTO AGE 21deleted text endnew text begin PAST AGE 18new text end.

Subdivision 1.

Notification deleted text beginof benefitsdeleted text end.

deleted text beginWithin thedeleted text end Six months prior to the child's
18th birthday, the deleted text beginlocaldeleted text endnew text begin responsible social servicesnew text end agency shall deleted text beginadvisedeleted text endnew text begin provide written
notice on a form prescribed by the commissioner of human services to
new text end any child in foster
care under this chapternew text begin who cannot reasonably be expected to return home or have another
legally permanent family by the age of 18
new text end, the child's parents or legal guardian, if any, deleted text beginanddeleted text end
the child'snew text begin guardian ad litem, and the child'snew text end foster parents of the availability of deleted text beginbenefits of
the
deleted text end foster care deleted text beginprogramdeleted text end up to age 21new text begin, when the child is eligible under subdivisions 3 and 3anew text end.

Subd. 2.

Independent living plan.

Upon the request of any child deleted text beginreceivingdeleted text endnew text begin innew text end foster
care deleted text beginbenefitsdeleted text end immediately prior to the child's 18th birthday and who is in foster care at
the time of the request, the deleted text beginlocaldeleted text endnew text begin responsible social servicesnew text end agency shall, in conjunction
with the child and other appropriate parties, update the independent living plan required
under section 260C.212, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), clause (11), related to the child's
employment, vocational, educational, social, or maturational needs. The agency shall
provide continued services and foster care for the child including those services that are
necessary to implement the independent living plan.

Subd. 3.

Eligibilitynew text begin to continue in foster carenew text end.

A child deleted text beginalreadydeleted text end in foster carenew text begin
immediately prior to the child's 18th birthday
new text end may continue in foster care past age 18new text begin
unless:
new text end

new text begin (1) the child can safely return home;
new text end

new text begin (2) the child is in placement pursuant to the agency's duties under section 256B.092
and Minnesota Rules, parts 9525.0004 to 9525.0016, to meet the child's needs due to
developmental disability or related condition, and the child will be served as an adult
under section 256B.092 and Minnesota Rules, parts 9525.0004 to 9525.0016; or
new text end

new text begin (3) the child can be adopted or have permanent legal and physical custody
transferred to a relative prior to the child's 18th birthday
new text end.

new text begin Subd. 3a. new text end

new text begin Eligibility criteria. new text end

The child must meet at least one of the following
conditions to be considered eligible to continue innew text begin or return tonew text end foster carenew text begin and remain therenew text end
to age 21. The child must be:

(1) completing secondary education or a program leading to an equivalent credential;

(2) enrolled in an institution deleted text beginwhichdeleted text endnew text begin thatnew text end provides postsecondary or vocational
education;

(3) participating in a program or activity designed to promote or remove barriers to
employment;

(4) employed for at least 80 hours per month; or

(5) incapable of doing any of the activities described in clauses (1) to (4) due to a
medical condition.

Subd. 4.

Foster care benefits.

For children between the ages of 18 and 21, "foster
care benefits" means payment for those foster care settings defined in section 260C.007,
subdivision 18. Additionally, foster care benefits means payment for a supervised
settingnew text begin, approved by the responsible social services agency,new text end in which a child may live
independently.

Subd. 5.

deleted text beginPermanent decisiondeleted text endnew text begin Foster care settingnew text end.

The particular foster care
setting, including supervised settings, shall be selectednew text begin by the agency and the childnew text end
based on the best interest of the child consistent with section 260C.212, subdivision 2.
Supervision in approved settings must be determined by an individual determination of
the child's needs by the responsible social services agency and consistent with section
260C.212, subdivision 4a.

Subd. 6.

deleted text beginIndividual plan to age 21deleted text endnew text begin Reentering foster care and accessing services
after age 18
new text end.

new text begin(a) new text endUpon request of an individual between the ages of 18 and 21 whodeleted text begin,
within six months of the individual's 18th birthday,
deleted text end had been under the guardianship of the
commissioner and who has left foster carenew text begin without being adoptednew text end, the responsible social
services agency which had been the commissioner's agent for purposes of the guardianship
shall develop with the individual a plan deleted text beginrelated to the individual's vocational, educational,
social, or maturational needs
deleted text endnew text begin to increase the individual's ability to live safely and
independently using the plan requirements of section 260C.212, subdivision 1, paragraph
(b), clause (11), and to assist the individual to meet one or more of the eligibility criteria in
subdivision 4 if the individual wants to reenter foster care
new text end. The agency shall provide foster
care deleted text beginwith maintenance and counseling benefitsdeleted text end as required to implement the plan. The
agency shall enter into a voluntary placement agreementnew text begin under section 260C.229new text end with the
individual if the plan includes foster care.

new text begin (b) Individuals who had not been under the guardianship of the commissioner of
human services prior to age 18 and are between the ages of 18 and 21 may ask to reenter
foster care after age 18 and, to the extent funds are available, the responsible social
services agency that had responsibility for planning for the individual before discharge
from foster care may provide foster care or other services to the individual for the purpose
of increasing the individual's ability to live safely and independently and to meet the
eligibility criteria in subdivision 3a, if the individual:
new text end

new text begin (1) was in foster care for the six consecutive months prior to the person's 18th
birthday and was not discharged home, adopted, or received into a relative's home under a
transfer of permanent legal and physical custody under section 260C.515, subdivision 4; or
new text end

new text begin (2) was discharged from foster care while on runaway status after age 15.
new text end

new text begin (c) In conjunction with a qualifying and eligible individual under paragraph (b) and
other appropriate persons, the responsible social services agency shall develop a specific
plan related to that individual's vocational, educational, social, or maturational needs
and, to the extent funds are available, provide foster care as required to implement the
plan. The agency shall enter into a voluntary placement agreement with the individual
if the plan includes foster care.
new text end

new text begin (d) Youth who left foster care while under guardianship of the commissioner of
human services retain eligibility for foster care for placement at any time between the
ages of 18 and 21.
new text end

Subd. 7.

Jurisdiction.

deleted text beginNotwithstanding that the court retains jurisdiction pursuant
to this section,
deleted text end Individuals in foster care pursuant to this section are adults for all purposes
except the continued provision of foster care. Any order establishing guardianship under
section 260C.325, any legal custody order under section 260C.201, subdivision 1, and
any order for legal custody associated with an order for deleted text beginlong-term foster caredeleted text endnew text begin permanent
custody
new text end under section deleted text begin260C.201, subdivision 11deleted text endnew text begin 260C.515, subdivision 5new text end, terminates on
the child's 18th birthday.new text begin The responsible social services agency has legal responsibility
for the individual's placement and care when the matter continues under court jurisdiction
pursuant to section 260C.193 or when the individual and the responsible agency execute a
voluntary placement agreement pursuant to section 260C.229.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Notice of termination of foster care. new text end

new text begin When a child in foster care between
the ages of 18 and 21 ceases to meet one of the eligibility criteria of subdivision 3a, the
responsible social services agency shall give the child written notice that foster care will
terminate 30 days from the date the notice is sent. The child or the child's guardian ad
litem may file a motion asking the court to review the agency's determination within 15
days of receiving the notice. The child shall not be discharged from foster care until the
motion is heard. The agency shall work with the child to transition out of foster care as
required under section 260C.203, paragraph (e). The written notice of termination of
benefits shall be on a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall also give notice of
the right to have the agency's determination reviewed by the court in the proceeding where
the court conducts the reviews required under section 260C.203, 260C.515, subdivision
5 or 6, or 260C.317. A copy of the termination notice shall be sent to the child and the
child's attorney, if any, the foster care provider, the child's guardian ad litem, and the
court. The agency is not responsible for paying foster care benefits for any period of time
after the child actually leaves foster care.
new text end

Sec. 28.

new text begin [260C.503] PERMANENCY PROCEEDINGS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Required permanency proceedings. new text end

new text begin Except for children in foster
care pursuant to chapter 260D, where the child is in foster care or in the care of a
noncustodial or nonresident parent, the court shall commence proceedings to determine
the permanent status of a child by holding the admit-deny hearing required under section
260C.507 not later than 12 months after the child is placed in foster care or in the care of a
noncustodial or nonresident parent. Permanency proceedings for children in foster care
pursuant to chapter 260D shall be according to section 260D.07.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Termination of parental rights. new text end

new text begin (a) The responsible social services
agency must ask the county attorney to immediately file a termination of parental rights
petition when:
new text end

new text begin (1) the child has been subjected to egregious harm as defined in section 260C.007,
subdivision 14;
new text end

new text begin (2) the child is determined to be the sibling of a child who was subjected to
egregious harm;
new text end

new text begin (3) the child is an abandoned infant as defined in section 260C.301, subdivision 3,
paragraph (b), clause (2);
new text end

new text begin (4) the child's parent has lost parental rights to another child through an order
involuntarily terminating the parent's rights;
new text end

new text begin (5) the parent has committed sexual abuse as defined in section 626.556, subdivision
2, against the child or another child of the parent;
new text end

new text begin (6) the parent has committed an offense that requires registration as a predatory
offender under section 243.166, subdivision 1b, paragraph (a) or (b); or
new text end

new text begin (7) another child of the parent is the subject of an order involuntarily transferring
permanent legal and physical custody of the child to a relative under this chapter or a
similar law of another jurisdiction;
new text end

new text begin The county attorney shall file a termination of parental rights petition unless the conditions
of paragraph (d) are met.
new text end

new text begin (b) When the termination of parental rights petition is filed under this subdivision,
the responsible social services agency shall identify, recruit, and approve an adoptive
family for the child. If a termination of parental rights petition has been filed by another
party, the responsible social services agency shall be joined as a party to the petition.
new text end

new text begin (c) If criminal charges have been filed against a parent arising out of the conduct
alleged to constitute egregious harm, the county attorney shall determine which matter
should proceed to trial first, consistent with the best interests of the child and subject
to the defendant's right to a speedy trial.
new text end

new text begin (d) The requirement of paragraph (a) does not apply if the responsible social services
agency and the county attorney determine and file with the court:
new text end

new text begin (1) a petition for transfer of permanent legal and physical custody to a relative under
sections 260C.505 and 260C.515, subdivision 3, including a determination that adoption
is not in the child's best interests and that transfer of permanent legal and physical custody
is in the child's best interests; or
new text end

new text begin (2) a petition under section 260C.141 alleging the child, and where appropriate,
the child's siblings, to be in need of protection or services accompanied by a case plan
prepared by the responsible social services agency documenting a compelling reason why
filing a termination of parental rights petition would not be in the best interests of the child.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Calculating time to required permanency proceedings. new text end

new text begin (a) For
purposes of this section, the date of the child's placement in foster care is the earlier of
the first court-ordered placement or 60 days after the date on which the child has been
voluntarily placed in foster care by the child's parent or guardian. For purposes of this
section, time spent by a child in the home of the noncustodial parent pursuant to court
order under section 260C.178 or under the protective supervision of the responsible
social services agency in the home of the noncustodial parent pursuant to an order under
section 260C.201, subdivision 1, counts towards the requirement of a permanency hearing
under this section. Time spent on a trial home visit counts towards the requirement of a
permanency hearing under this section and the permanency progress review required
under section 260C.204.
new text end

new text begin (b) For the purposes of this section, 12 months is calculated as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) during the pendency of a petition alleging that a child is in need of protection
or services, all time periods when a child is placed in foster care or in the home of a
noncustodial parent are cumulated;
new text end

new text begin (2) if a child has been placed in foster care within the previous five years under one
or more previous petitions, the lengths of all prior time periods when the child was placed
in foster care within the previous five years are cumulated. If a child under this clause
has been in foster care for 12 months or more, the court, if it is in the best interests of the
child and for compelling reasons, may extend the total time the child may continue out
of the home under the current petition up to an additional six months before making a
permanency determination.
new text end

new text begin (c) If the child is on a trial home visit 12 months after the child was placed in foster
care or in the care of a noncustodial parent, the responsible social services agency may file
a report with the court regarding the child's and parent's progress on the trial home visit and
the agency's reasonable efforts to finalize the child's safe and permanent return to the care
of the parent in lieu of filing the petition required under section 260C.505. The court shall
make findings regarding the reasonable efforts of the agency to finalize the child's return
home as the permanency disposition order in the best interests of the child. The court may
continue the trial home visit to a total time not to exceed six months as provided in section
260C.201, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (3). If the court finds the agency has not
made reasonable efforts to finalize the child's return home as the permanency disposition
order in the child's best interests, the court may order other or additional efforts to support
the child remaining in the care of the parent. If a trial home visit ordered or continued at
permanency proceedings under sections 260C.503 to 260C.521 terminates, the court shall
commence or recommence permanency proceedings under this chapter no later than 30
days after the child is returned to foster care or to the care of a noncustodial parent.
new text end

Sec. 29.

new text begin [260C.505] PETITION.
new text end

new text begin (a) A permanency or termination of parental rights petition must be filed at or prior
to the time the child has been in foster care or in the care of a noncustodial or nonresident
parent for 11 months or in the expedited manner required in section 260C.503, subdivision
2, paragraph (a). The court administrator shall serve the petition as required in the
Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure and section 260C.152 in time for the
admit-deny hearing on the petition required in section 260C.507.
new text end

new text begin (b) A petition under this section is not required if the responsible social services
agency intends to recommend that the child return to the care of the parent from whom
the child was removed at or prior to the time the court is required to hold the admit-deny
hearing required under section 260C.507.
new text end

Sec. 30.

new text begin [260C.507] ADMIT-DENY HEARING.
new text end

new text begin (a) An admit-deny hearing on the permanency or termination of parental rights
petition shall be held not later than 12 months from the child's placement in foster care or
an order for the child to be in the care of a noncustodial or nonresident parent.
new text end

new text begin (b) An admit-deny hearing on the termination of parental rights or transfer of
permanent legal and physical custody petition required to be immediately filed under
section 260C.503, subdivision 2, paragraph (a), shall be within ten days of the filing
of the petition.
new text end

new text begin (c) At the admit-deny hearing, the court shall determine whether there is a prima
facie basis for finding that the agency made reasonable efforts, or in the case of an Indian
child active efforts, for reunification as required or that reasonable efforts for reunification
are not required under section 260.012 and proceed according to the Minnesota Rules of
Juvenile Protection Procedure.
new text end

Sec. 31.

new text begin [260C.509] TRIAL.
new text end

new text begin The permanency proceedings shall be conducted in a timely fashion including
that any trial required under section 260C.163 shall be commenced within 60 days of
the admit-deny hearing required under section 260C.507. At the conclusion of the
permanency proceedings, the court shall:
new text end

new text begin (1) order the child returned to the care of the parent or guardian from whom the
child was removed; or
new text end

new text begin (2) order a permanency disposition under section 260C.515 or termination of
parental rights under sections 260C.301 to 260C.328 if a permanency disposition order or
termination of parental rights is in the child's best interests.
new text end

Sec. 32.

new text begin [260C.511] BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD.
new text end

new text begin (a) The "best interests of the child" means all relevant factors to be considered
and evaluated.
new text end

new text begin (b) In making a permanency disposition order or termination of parental rights,
the court must be governed by the best interests of the child, including a review of the
relationship between the child and relatives and the child and other important persons with
whom the child has resided or had significant contact.
new text end

Sec. 33.

new text begin [260C.513] PERMANENCY DISPOSITIONS WHEN CHILD CANNOT
RETURN HOME.
new text end

new text begin (a) Termination of parental rights and adoption, or guardianship to the commissioner
of human services through a consent to adopt are preferred permanency options for a
child who cannot return home. If the court finds that termination of parental rights and
guardianship to the commissioner is not in the child's best interests, the court may transfer
permanent legal and physical custody of the child to a relative when that order is in the
child's best interests.
new text end

new text begin (b) When the court has determined that permanent placement of the child away from
the parent is necessary, the court shall consider permanent alternative homes that are
available both inside and outside the state.
new text end

Sec. 34.

new text begin [260C.515] PERMANENCY DISPOSITION ORDERS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Court order required. new text end

new text begin If the child is not returned to the home at or
before the conclusion of permanency proceedings under sections 260C.503 to 260C.521,
the court must order one of the permanency dispositions in this section.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Termination of parental rights. new text end

new text begin The court may order:
new text end

new text begin (1) termination of parental rights when the requirements of sections 260C.301 to
260C.328 are met; or
new text end

new text begin (2) the responsible social services agency to file a petition for termination of
parental rights in which case all the requirements of sections 260C.301 to 260C.328
remain applicable.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Guardianship; commissioner. new text end

new text begin The court may order guardianship to the
commissioner of human services under the following procedures and conditions:
new text end

new text begin (1) there is an identified prospective adoptive parent agreed to by the responsible
social services agency having legal custody of the child pursuant to court order under this
chapter and that prospective adoptive parent has agreed to adopt the child;
new text end

new text begin (2) the court accepts the parent's voluntary consent to adopt in writing on a form
prescribed by the commissioner, executed before two competent witnesses and confirmed
by the consenting parent before the court or executed before court. The consent shall
contain notice that consent given under this chapter:
new text end

new text begin (i) is irrevocable upon acceptance by the court unless fraud is established and an
order issues permitting revocation as stated in clause (9) unless the matter is governed by
the Indian Child Welfare Act, United States Code, title 25, section 1913(c); and
new text end

new text begin (ii) will result in an order that the child is under the guardianship of the commissioner
of human services;
new text end

new text begin (3) a consent executed and acknowledged outside of this state, either in accordance
with the law of this state or in accordance with the law of the place where executed, is
valid;
new text end

new text begin (4) the court must review the matter at least every 90 days;
new text end

new text begin (5) a consent to adopt under this subdivision vests guardianship of the child with
the commissioner of human services and makes the child a ward of the commissioner of
human services under section 260C.325;
new text end

new text begin (6) the court must forward to the commissioner a copy of the consent to adopt,
together with a certified copy of the order transferring guardianship to the commissioner;
new text end

new text begin (7) if an adoption is not finalized by the identified prospective adoptive parent within
six months of the execution of the consent to adopt under this clause, the responsible
social services agency shall pursue adoptive placement in another home unless the court
finds in a hearing that the failure to finalize is not due to either an action or a failure
to act by the prospective adoptive parent;
new text end

new text begin (8) notwithstanding clause (7), the responsible social services agency must pursue
adoptive placement in another home as soon as the agency determines that finalization
of the adoption with the identified prospective adoptive parent is not possible, that the
identified prospective adoptive parent is not willing to adopt the child, or that the identified
prospective adoptive parent is not cooperative in completing the steps necessary to finalize
the adoption;
new text end

new text begin (9) unless otherwise required by the Indian Child Welfare Act, United States Code,
title 25, section 1913(c), a consent to adopt executed under this section shall be irrevocable
upon acceptance by the court except upon order permitting revocation issued by the same
court after written findings that consent was obtained by fraud.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Custody to relative. new text end

new text begin The court may order permanent legal and physical
custody to a relative in the best interests of the child according to the following conditions:
new text end

new text begin (1) an order for transfer of permanent legal and physical custody to a relative shall
only be made after the court has reviewed the suitability of the prospective legal and
physical custodian;
new text end

new text begin (2) in transferring permanent legal and physical custody to a relative, the juvenile
court shall follow the standards applicable under this chapter and chapter 260, and the
procedures in the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure;
new text end

new text begin (3) a transfer of legal and physical custody includes responsibility for the protection,
education, care, and control of the child and decision making on behalf of the child;
new text end

new text begin (4) a permanent legal and physical custodian who returns a child to the permanent
care of a parent from whom the court removed custody without the court's approval and
without notice to the responsible social services agency is placing the child in violation
of the court's order and may be subject to sanctions for contempt of court and, if the
return places the child's health or welfare in danger, may be subject to other criminal
or civil action;
new text end

new text begin (5) the social services agency may file a petition naming a fit and willing relative as
a proposed permanent legal and physical custodian;
new text end

new text begin (6) another party to the permanency proceeding regarding the child may file a
petition to transfer permanent legal and physical custody to a relative, but the petition may
not name as custodian a relative who the parent did not disclose to the agency or who was
not discovered by the agency in its search for relatives when the court has found that the
agency made diligent efforts to conduct the relative search and provide the notice required
under section 260C.221; and
new text end

new text begin (7) the juvenile court may maintain jurisdiction over the responsible social services
agency, the parents or guardian of the child, the child, and the permanent legal and
physical custodian for purposes of ensuring appropriate services are delivered to the child
and permanent legal custodian for the purpose of ensuring conditions ordered by the court
related to the care and custody of the child are met.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Permanent custody to agency. new text end

new text begin The court may order permanent custody to
the responsible social services agency for continued placement of the child in foster care
but only if it approves the responsible social services agency's compelling reasons that no
other permanency disposition order is in the child's best interests, and:
new text end

new text begin (1) the child has reached age 12;
new text end

new text begin (2) the child is a sibling of a child described in clause (1) and the siblings have a
significant positive relationship and are ordered into the same long-term foster care home;
new text end

new text begin (3) the responsible social services agency has made reasonable efforts to locate and
place the child with an adoptive family or a fit and willing relative who would either agree
to adopt the child or to a transfer of permanent legal and physical custody of the child, but
these efforts have not proven successful; and
new text end

new text begin (4) the parent will continue to have visitation or contact with the child and will
remain involved in planning for the child.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Temporary legal custody to agency. new text end

new text begin The court may order temporary legal
custody to the responsible social services agency for continued placement of the child in
foster care for a specified period of time according to the following conditions:
new text end

new text begin (1) the sole basis for an adjudication that the child is in need of protection or services
is the child's behavior;
new text end

new text begin (2) the court finds that foster care for a specified period of time is in the best interests
of the child;
new text end

new text begin (3) the court approves the responsible social services agency's compelling reasons
that neither an award of permanent legal and physical custody to a relative, nor termination
of parental rights is in the child's best interests; and
new text end

new text begin (4) the order specifies that the child continue in foster care no longer than one year.
new text end

Sec. 35.

new text begin [260C.517] FINDINGS AND CONTENT OF ORDER FOR
PERMANENCY DISPOSITION.
new text end

new text begin (a) Except for an order terminating parental rights, an order permanently placing
a child out of the home of the parent or guardian must include the following detailed
findings:
new text end

new text begin (1) how the child's best interests are served by the order;
new text end

new text begin (2) the nature and extent of the responsible social services agency's reasonable
efforts, or, in the case of an Indian child, active efforts to reunify the child with the parent
or guardian where reasonable efforts are required;
new text end

new text begin (3) the parent's or parents' efforts and ability to use services to correct the conditions
which led to the out-of-home placement; and
new text end

new text begin (4) that the conditions which led to the out-of-home placement have not been
corrected so that the child can safely return home.
new text end

new text begin (b) The court shall issue an order required under this section and section 260C.515
within 15 days of the close of the proceedings. The court may extend issuing the order
an additional 15 days when necessary in the interests of justice and the best interests of
the child.
new text end

Sec. 36.

new text begin [260C.519] FURTHER COURT HEARINGS.
new text end

new text begin Once a permanency disposition order has been made, further court hearings are
necessary if:
new text end

new text begin (1) the child is ordered on a trial home visit or under the protective supervision
of the responsible social services agency;
new text end

new text begin (2) the child continues in foster care;
new text end

new text begin (3) the court orders further hearings in a transfer of permanent legal and physical
custody matter including if a party seeks to modify an order under section 260C.521,
subdivision 2;
new text end

new text begin (4) an adoption has not yet been finalized; or
new text end

new text begin (5) the child returns to foster care after the court has entered an order for a
permanency disposition under this section.
new text end

Sec. 37.

new text begin [260C.521] COURT REVIEWS AFTER PERMANENCY DISPOSITION
ORDER.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Child in permanent custody of responsible social services agency.
new text end

new text begin (a) Court reviews of an order for permanent custody to the responsible social services
agency for placement of the child in foster care must be conducted at least yearly at an
in-court appearance hearing.
new text end

new text begin (b) The purpose of the review hearing is to ensure:
new text end

new text begin (1) the order for permanent custody to the responsible social services agency for
placement of the child in foster care continues to be in the best interests of the child and
that no other permanency disposition order is in the best interests of the child;
new text end

new text begin (2) that the agency is assisting the child to build connections to the child's family
and community; and
new text end

new text begin (3) that the agency is appropriately planning with the child for development of
independent living skills for the child, and as appropriate, for the orderly and successful
transition to independent living that may occur if the child continues in foster care without
another permanency disposition order.
new text end

new text begin (c) The court must review the child's out-of-home placement plan and the reasonable
efforts of the agency to finalize an alternative permanent plan for the child including the
agency's efforts to:
new text end

new text begin (1) ensure that permanent custody to the agency with placement of the child in
foster care continues to be the most appropriate legal arrangement for meeting the child's
need for permanency and stability or, if not, to identify and attempt to finalize another
permanency disposition order under this chapter that would better serve the child's needs
and best interests;
new text end

new text begin (2) identify a specific foster home for the child, if one has not already been identified;
new text end

new text begin (3) support continued placement of the child in the identified home, if one has been
identified;
new text end

new text begin (4) ensure appropriate services are provided to address the physical health, mental
health, and educational needs of the child during the period of foster care and also ensure
appropriate services or assistance to maintain relationships with appropriate family
members and the child's community; and
new text end

new text begin (5) plan for the child's independence upon the child's leaving foster care living as
required under section 260C.212, subdivision 1.
new text end

new text begin (d) The court may find that the agency has made reasonable efforts to finalize the
permanent plan for the child when:
new text end

new text begin (1) the agency has made reasonable efforts to identify a more legally permanent
home for the child than is provided by an order for permanent custody to the agency
for placement in foster care; and
new text end

new text begin (2) the agency's engagement of the child in planning for independent living is
reasonable and appropriate.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Modifying an order for permanent legal and physical custody to a
relative.
new text end

new text begin An order for a relative to have permanent legal and physical custody of a child
may be modified using standards under sections 518.18 and 518.185. The social services
agency is a party to the proceeding and must receive notice.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Modifying order for permanent custody to agency for placement in
foster care.
new text end

new text begin (a) A parent may seek modification of an order for permanent custody of the
child to the responsible social services agency for placement in foster care upon motion
and a showing by the parent of a substantial change in the parent's circumstances such
that the parent could provide appropriate care for the child and that removal of the child
from the permanent custody of the agency and the return to the parent's care would be
in the best interests of the child.
new text end

new text begin (b) The responsible social services agency may ask the court to vacate an order for
permanent custody to the agency upon a petition and hearing pursuant to section 260C.163
establishing the basis for the court to order another permanency disposition under this
chapter, including termination of parental rights based on abandonment if the parent
has not visited the child, maintained contact with the child, or participated in planning
for the child as required under section 260C.515, subdivision 5. The responsible social
services agency must establish that the proposed permanency disposition order is in the
child's best interests. Upon a hearing where the court determines the petition is proved,
the court may vacate the order for permanent custody and enter a different order for a
permanent disposition that is in the child's best interests. The court shall not require further
reasonable efforts to reunify the child with the parent or guardian as a basis for vacating
the order for permanent custody to the agency and ordering a different permanency
disposition in the child's best interests. The county attorney must file the petition and give
notice as required under the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure in order to
modify an order for permanent custody under this subdivision.
new text end

ARTICLE 3

TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 256.01, subdivision 14b, is amended to
read:


Subd. 14b.

American Indian child welfare projects.

(a) The commissioner of
human services may authorize projects to test tribal delivery of child welfare services to
American Indian children and their parents and custodians living on the reservation.
The commissioner has authority to solicit and determine which tribes may participate
in a project. Grants may be issued to Minnesota Indian tribes to support the projects.
The commissioner may waive existing state rules as needed to accomplish the projects.
Notwithstanding section 626.556, the commissioner may authorize projects to use
alternative methods of investigating and assessing reports of child maltreatment, provided
that the projects comply with the provisions of section 626.556 dealing with the rights
of individuals who are subjects of reports or investigations, including notice and appeal
rights and data practices requirements. The commissioner may seek any federal approvals
necessary to carry out the projects as well as seek and use any funds available to the
commissioner, including use of federal funds, foundation funds, existing grant funds,
and other funds. The commissioner is authorized to advance state funds as necessary to
operate the projects. Federal reimbursement applicable to the projects is appropriated
to the commissioner for the purposes of the projects. The projects must be required to
address responsibility for safety, permanency, and well-being of children.

(b) For the purposes of this section, "American Indian child" means a person under
deleted text begin 18 years of agedeleted text endnew text begin 21 years old andnew text end who is a tribal member or eligible for membership in
one of the tribes chosen for a project under this subdivision and who is residing on the
reservation of that tribe.

(c) In order to qualify for an American Indian child welfare project, a tribe must:

(1) be one of the existing tribes with reservation land in Minnesota;

(2) have a tribal court with jurisdiction over child custody proceedings;

(3) have a substantial number of children for whom determinations of maltreatment
have occurred;

(4) have capacity to respond to reports of abuse and neglect under section 626.556;

(5) provide a wide range of services to families in need of child welfare services; and

(6) have a tribal-state title IV-E agreement in effect.

(d) Grants awarded under this section may be used for the nonfederal costs of
providing child welfare services to American Indian children on the tribe's reservation,
including costs associated with:

(1) assessment and prevention of child abuse and neglect;

(2) family preservation;

(3) facilitative, supportive, and reunification services;

(4) out-of-home placement for children removed from the home for child protective
purposes; and

(5) other activities and services approved by the commissioner that further the goals
of providing safety, permanency, and well-being of American Indian children.

(e) When a tribe has initiated a project and has been approved by the commissioner
to assume child welfare responsibilities for American Indian children of that tribe under
this section, the affected county social service agency is relieved of responsibility for
responding to reports of abuse and neglect under section 626.556 for those children
during the time within which the tribal project is in effect and funded. The commissioner
shall work with tribes and affected counties to develop procedures for data collection,
evaluation, and clarification of ongoing role and financial responsibilities of the county
and tribe for child welfare services prior to initiation of the project. Children who have not
been identified by the tribe as participating in the project shall remain the responsibility
of the county. Nothing in this section shall alter responsibilities of the county for law
enforcement or court services.

(f) Participating tribes may conduct children's mental health screenings under section
245.4874, subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (14), for children who are eligible for the
initiative and living on the reservation and who meet one of the following criteria:

(1) the child must be receiving child protective services;

(2) the child must be in foster care; or

(3) the child's parents must have had parental rights suspended or terminated.

Tribes may access reimbursement from available state funds for conducting the screenings.
Nothing in this section shall alter responsibilities of the county for providing services
under section 245.487.

(g) Participating tribes may establish a local child mortality review panel. In
establishing a local child mortality review panel, the tribe agrees to conduct local child
mortality reviews for child deaths or near-fatalities occurring on the reservation under
subdivision 12. Tribes with established child mortality review panels shall have access
to nonpublic data and shall protect nonpublic data under subdivision 12, paragraphs (c)
to (e). The tribe shall provide written notice to the commissioner and affected counties
when a local child mortality review panel has been established and shall provide data upon
request of the commissioner for purposes of sharing nonpublic data with members of the
state child mortality review panel in connection to an individual case.

(h) The commissioner shall collect information on outcomes relating to child safety,
permanency, and well-being of American Indian children who are served in the projects.
Participating tribes must provide information to the state in a format and completeness
deemed acceptable by the state to meet state and federal reporting requirements.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 257.01, is amended to read:


257.01 RECORDS REQUIRED.

Each person or authorized child-placing agency permitted by law to receive children,
secure homes for children, or care for children, shall keep a record containing the name,
age, former residence, legal status, health records, sex, race, and accumulated length of
time in foster care, if applicable, of each child received; the name, former residence,
occupation, health history, and character, of each birth parent; the date of reception,
placing out, and adoption of each child, and the name, race, occupation, and residence of
the person with whom a child is placed; the date of the removal of any child to another
home and the reason for removal; the date of termination of the guardianship; the history
of each child until the child reaches the age of deleted text begin18deleted text endnew text begin 21new text end years, is legally adopted, or is
discharged according to law; and further demographic and other information as is required
by the commissioner of human services.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 259.73, is amended to read:


259.73 REIMBURSEMENT OF NONRECURRING ADOPTION EXPENSES.

deleted text begin The commissioner of human services shall provide reimbursement of up to $2,000
to the adoptive parent or parents for costs incurred in adopting a child with special
needs. The commissioner shall determine the child's eligibility for adoption expense
reimbursement under title IV-E of the Social Security Act, United States Code, title 42,
sections 670 to 676. To be reimbursed, costs must be reasonable, necessary, and directly
related to the legal adoption of the child.
deleted text end new text begin An individual may apply for reimbursement for
costs incurred in an adoption of a child with special needs under section 259A.70.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260C.301, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Voluntary and involuntary.

The juvenile court may upon petition,
terminate all rights of a parent to a child:

(a) with the written consent of a parent who for good cause desires to terminate
parental rights; or

(b) if it finds that one or more of the following conditions exist:

(1) that the parent has abandoned the child;

(2) that the parent has substantially, continuously, or repeatedly refused or neglected
to comply with the duties imposed upon that parent by the parent and child relationship,
including but not limited to providing the child with necessary food, clothing, shelter,
education, and other care and control necessary for the child's physical, mental, or
emotional health and development, if the parent is physically and financially able, and
either reasonable efforts by the social services agency have failed to correct the conditions
that formed the basis of the petition or reasonable efforts would be futile and therefore
unreasonable;

(3) that a parent has been ordered to contribute to the support of the child or
financially aid in the child's birth and has continuously failed to do so without good cause.
This clause shall not be construed to state a grounds for termination of parental rights of a
noncustodial parent if that parent has not been ordered to or cannot financially contribute
to the support of the child or aid in the child's birth;

(4) that a parent is palpably unfit to be a party to the parent and child relationship
because of a consistent pattern of specific conduct before the child or of specific conditions
directly relating to the parent and child relationship either of which are determined by
the court to be of a duration or nature that renders the parent unable, for the reasonably
foreseeable future, to care appropriately for the ongoing physical, mental, or emotional
needs of the child. It is presumed that a parent is palpably unfit to be a party to the parent
and child relationship upon a showing that the parent's parental rights to one or more other
children were involuntarily terminated or that the parent's custodial rights to another child
have been involuntarily transferred to a relative under section 260C.201, subdivision 11,
paragraph (e), clause (1), or a similar law of another jurisdiction;

(5) that following the child's placement out of the home, reasonable efforts, under the
direction of the court, have failed to correct the conditions leading to the child's placement.
It is presumed that reasonable efforts under this clause have failed upon a showing that:

(i) a child has resided out of the parental home under court order for a cumulative
period of 12 months within the preceding 22 months. In the case of a child under age eight
at the time the petition was filed alleging the child to be in need of protection or services,
the presumption arises when the child has resided out of the parental home under court
order for six months unless the parent has maintained regular contact with the child and
the parent is complying with the out-of-home placement plan;

(ii) the court has approved the out-of-home placement plan required under section
260C.212 and filed with the court under section 260C.178;

(iii) conditions leading to the out-of-home placement have not been corrected. It
is presumed that conditions leading to a child's out-of-home placement have not been
corrected upon a showing that the parent or parents have not substantially complied with
the court's orders and a reasonable case plan; and

(iv) reasonable efforts have been made by the social services agency to rehabilitate
the parent and reunite the family.

This clause does not prohibit the termination of parental rights prior to one year, or
in the case of a child under age eight, prior to six months after a child has been placed
out of the home.

It is also presumed that reasonable efforts have failed under this clause upon a
showing that:

(A) the parent has been diagnosed as chemically dependent by a professional
certified to make the diagnosis;

(B) the parent has been required by a case plan to participate in a chemical
dependency treatment program;

(C) the treatment programs offered to the parent were culturally, linguistically,
and clinically appropriate;

(D) the parent has either failed two or more times to successfully complete a
treatment program or has refused at two or more separate meetings with a caseworker
to participate in a treatment program; and

(E) the parent continues to abuse chemicals.

(6) that a child has experienced egregious harm in the parent's care which is of a
nature, duration, or chronicity that indicates a lack of regard for the child's well-being,
such that a reasonable person would believe it contrary to the best interest of the child
or of any child to be in the parent's care;

(7) that in the case of a child born to a mother who was not married to the child's
father when the child was conceived nor when the child was born the person is not entitled
to notice of an adoption hearing under section 259.49 and the person has not registered
with the fathers' adoption registry under section 259.52;

(8) that the child is neglected and in foster care; or

(9) that the parent has been convicted of a crime listed in section 260.012, paragraph
(g)
, clauses (1) to deleted text begin(3)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end.

In an action involving an American Indian child, sections 260.751 to 260.835 and
the Indian Child Welfare Act, United States Code, title 25, sections 1901 to 1923, control
to the extent that the provisions of this section are inconsistent with those laws.

Sec. 5.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 260D.08, is amended to read:


260D.08 ANNUAL REVIEW.

(a) After the court conducts a permanency review hearing under section 260D.07,
the matter must be returned to the court for further review of the new text beginresponsible social
services reasonable efforts to finalize the permanent plan for the child and the
new text endchild's foster
care placement at least every 12 months while the child is in foster care. The court shall
give notice to the parent and child, age 12 or older, and the foster parents of the continued
review requirements under this section at the permanency review hearing.

(b) Every 12 months, the court shall determine whether the agency made reasonable
efforts to finalize the permanency plan for the child, which means the exercise of due
diligence by the agency to:

(1) ensure that the agreement for voluntary foster care is the most appropriate legal
arrangement to meet the child's safety, health, and best interestsnew text begin and to conduct a genuine
examination of whether there is another permanency disposition order under chapter
260C, including returning the child home, that would better serve the child's need for a
stable and permanent home
new text end;

(2) engage and support the parent in continued involvement in planning and decision
making for the needs of the child;

(3) strengthen the child's ties to the parent, relatives, and community;

(4) implement the out-of-home placement plan required under section 260C.212,
subdivision 1, and ensure that the plan requires the provision of appropriate services to
address the physical health, mental health, and educational needs of the child; and

(5) ensure appropriate planning for the child's safe, permanent, and independent
living arrangement after the child's 18th birthday.

Sec. 6.

new text begin [611.012] DISPOSITION OF CHILD OF PARENT ARRESTED.
new text end

new text begin A peace officer who arrests a person accompanied by a child of the person may
release the child to any person designated by the parent unless it is necessary to remove
the child under section 260C.175 because the child is found in surroundings or conditions
which endanger the child's health or welfare or which the peace officer reasonably believes
will endanger the child's health or welfare. An officer releasing a child under this section
to a person designated by the parent has no civil or criminal liability for the child's release.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 626.556, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Definitions.

As used in this section, the following terms have the meanings
given them unless the specific content indicates otherwise:

(a) "Family assessment" means a comprehensive assessment of child safety, risk
of subsequent child maltreatment, and family strengths and needs that is applied to a
child maltreatment report that does not allege substantial child endangerment. Family
assessment does not include a determination as to whether child maltreatment occurred
but does determine the need for services to address the safety of family members and the
risk of subsequent maltreatment.

(b) "Investigation" means fact gathering related to the current safety of a child
and the risk of subsequent maltreatment that determines whether child maltreatment
occurred and whether child protective services are needed. An investigation must be used
when reports involve substantial child endangerment, and for reports of maltreatment in
facilities required to be licensed under chapter 245A or 245B; under sections 144.50 to
144.58 and 241.021; in a school as defined in sections 120A.05, subdivisions 9, 11, and
13, and 124D.10; or in a nonlicensed personal care provider association as defined in
sections 256B.04, subdivision 16, and 256B.0625, subdivision 19a.

(c) "Substantial child endangerment" means a person responsible for a child's care,
and in the case of sexual abuse includes a person who has a significant relationship to the
child as defined in section 609.341, or a person in a position of authority as defined in
section 609.341, who by act or omission commits or attempts to commit an act against a
child under their care that constitutes any of the following:

(1) egregious harm as defined in section 260C.007, subdivision 14;

(2) sexual abuse as defined in paragraph (d);

(3) abandonment under section 260C.301, subdivision 2;

(4) neglect as defined in paragraph (f), clause (2), that substantially endangers the
child's physical or mental health, including a growth delay, which may be referred to as
failure to thrive, that has been diagnosed by a physician and is due to parental neglect;

(5) murder in the first, second, or third degree under section 609.185, 609.19, or
609.195;

(6) manslaughter in the first or second degree under section 609.20 or 609.205;

(7) assault in the first, second, or third degree under section 609.221, 609.222, or
609.223;

(8) solicitation, inducement, and promotion of prostitution under section 609.322;

(9) criminal sexual conduct under sections 609.342 to 609.3451;

(10) solicitation of children to engage in sexual conduct under section 609.352;

(11) malicious punishment or neglect or endangerment of a child under section
609.377 or 609.378;

(12) use of a minor in sexual performance under section 617.246; or

(13) parental behavior, status, or condition which mandates that the county attorney
file a termination of parental rights petition under section 260C.301, subdivision 3,
paragraph (a).

(d) "Sexual abuse" means the subjection of a child by a person responsible for the
child's care, by a person who has a significant relationship to the child, as defined in
section 609.341, or by a person in a position of authority, as defined in section 609.341,
subdivision 10, to any act which constitutes a violation of section 609.342 (criminal sexual
conduct in the first degree), 609.343 (criminal sexual conduct in the second degree),
609.344 (criminal sexual conduct in the third degree), 609.345 (criminal sexual conduct
in the fourth degree), or 609.3451 (criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree). Sexual
abuse also includes any act which involves a minor which constitutes a violation of
prostitution offenses under sections 609.321 to 609.324 or 617.246. Sexual abuse includes
threatened sexual abusenew text begin which includes the status of a parent or household member
who has committed a violation which requires registration as an offender under section
243.166, subdivision 1b, paragraph (a) or (b), or required registration under section
243.166, subdivision 1b, paragraph (a) or (b)
new text end.

(e) "Person responsible for the child's care" means (1) an individual functioning
within the family unit and having responsibilities for the care of the child such as a
parent, guardian, or other person having similar care responsibilities, or (2) an individual
functioning outside the family unit and having responsibilities for the care of the child
such as a teacher, school administrator, other school employees or agents, or other lawful
custodian of a child having either full-time or short-term care responsibilities including,
but not limited to, day care, babysitting whether paid or unpaid, counseling, teaching,
and coaching.

(f) "Neglect" means the commission or omission of any of the acts specified under
clauses (1) to (9), other than by accidental means:

(1) failure by a person responsible for a child's care to supply a child with necessary
food, clothing, shelter, health, medical, or other care required for the child's physical or
mental health when reasonably able to do so;

(2) failure to protect a child from conditions or actions that seriously endanger the
child's physical or mental health when reasonably able to do so, including a growth delay,
which may be referred to as a failure to thrive, that has been diagnosed by a physician and
is due to parental neglect;

(3) failure to provide for necessary supervision or child care arrangements
appropriate for a child after considering factors as the child's age, mental ability, physical
condition, length of absence, or environment, when the child is unable to care for the
child's own basic needs or safety, or the basic needs or safety of another child in their care;

(4) failure to ensure that the child is educated as defined in sections 120A.22 and
260C.163, subdivision 11, which does not include a parent's refusal to provide the parent's
child with sympathomimetic medications, consistent with section 125A.091, subdivision 5;

(5) nothing in this section shall be construed to mean that a child is neglected solely
because the child's parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the child's care in
good faith selects and depends upon spiritual means or prayer for treatment or care of
disease or remedial care of the child in lieu of medical care; except that a parent, guardian,
or caretaker, or a person mandated to report pursuant to subdivision 3, has a duty to report
if a lack of medical care may cause serious danger to the child's health. This section does
not impose upon persons, not otherwise legally responsible for providing a child with
necessary food, clothing, shelter, education, or medical care, a duty to provide that care;

(6) prenatal exposure to a controlled substance, as defined in section 253B.02,
subdivision 2, used by the mother for a nonmedical purpose, as evidenced by withdrawal
symptoms in the child at birth, results of a toxicology test performed on the mother at
delivery or the child at birth, deleted text beginordeleted text end medical effects or developmental delays during the child's
first year of life that medically indicate prenatal exposure to a controlled substancenew text begin, or the
presence of a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
new text end;

(7) "medical neglect" as defined in section 260C.007, subdivision 6, clause (5);

(8) chronic and severe use of alcohol or a controlled substance by a parent or
person responsible for the care of the child that adversely affects the child's basic needs
and safety; or

(9) emotional harm from a pattern of behavior which contributes to impaired
emotional functioning of the child which may be demonstrated by a substantial and
observable effect in the child's behavior, emotional response, or cognition that is not
within the normal range for the child's age and stage of development, with due regard to
the child's culture.

(g) "Physical abuse" means any physical injury, mental injury, or threatened injury,
inflicted by a person responsible for the child's care on a child other than by accidental
means, or any physical or mental injury that cannot reasonably be explained by the child's
history of injuries, or any aversive or deprivation procedures, or regulated interventions,
that have not been authorized under section 121A.67 or 245.825.

Abuse does not include reasonable and moderate physical discipline of a child
administered by a parent or legal guardian which does not result in an injury. Abuse does
not include the use of reasonable force by a teacher, principal, or school employee as
allowed by section 121A.582. Actions which are not reasonable and moderate include,
but are not limited to, any of the following that are done in anger or without regard to the
safety of the child:

(1) throwing, kicking, burning, biting, or cutting a child;

(2) striking a child with a closed fist;

(3) shaking a child under age three;

(4) striking or other actions which result in any nonaccidental injury to a child
under 18 months of age;

(5) unreasonable interference with a child's breathing;

(6) threatening a child with a weapon, as defined in section 609.02, subdivision 6;

(7) striking a child under age one on the face or head;

(8) purposely giving a child poison, alcohol, or dangerous, harmful, or controlled
substances which were not prescribed for the child by a practitioner, in order to control or
punish the child; or other substances that substantially affect the child's behavior, motor
coordination, or judgment or that results in sickness or internal injury, or subjects the
child to medical procedures that would be unnecessary if the child were not exposed
to the substances;

(9) unreasonable physical confinement or restraint not permitted under section
609.379, including but not limited to tying, caging, or chaining; or

(10) in a school facility or school zone, an act by a person responsible for the child's
care that is a violation under section 121A.58.

(h) "Report" means any report received by the local welfare agency, police
department, county sheriff, or agency responsible for assessing or investigating
maltreatment pursuant to this section.

(i) "Facility" means:

(1) a licensed or unlicensed day care facility, residential facility, agency, hospital,
sanitarium, or other facility or institution required to be licensed under sections 144.50 to
144.58, 241.021, or 245A.01 to 245A.16, or chapter 245B;

(2) a school as defined in sections 120A.05, subdivisions 9, 11, and 13; and
124D.10; or

(3) a nonlicensed personal care provider organization as defined in sections 256B.04,
subdivision 16, and 256B.0625, subdivision 19a.

(j) "Operator" means an operator or agency as defined in section 245A.02.

(k) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of human services.

(l) "Practice of social services," for the purposes of subdivision 3, includes but is
not limited to employee assistance counseling and the provision of guardian ad litem and
parenting time expeditor services.

(m) "Mental injury" means an injury to the psychological capacity or emotional
stability of a child as evidenced by an observable or substantial impairment in the child's
ability to function within a normal range of performance and behavior with due regard to
the child's culture.

(n) "Threatened injury" means a statement, overt act, condition, or status that
represents a substantial risk of physical or sexual abuse or mental injury. Threatened
injury includes, but is not limited to, exposing a child to a person responsible for the
child's care, as defined in paragraph (e), clause (1), who has:

(1) subjected a child to, or failed to protect a child from, an overt act or condition
that constitutes egregious harm, as defined in section 260C.007, subdivision 14, or a
similar law of another jurisdiction;

(2) been found to be palpably unfit under section 260C.301, paragraph (b), clause
(4), or a similar law of another jurisdiction;

(3) committed an act that has resulted in an involuntary termination of parental rights
under section 260C.301, or a similar law of another jurisdiction; or

(4) committed an act that has resulted in the involuntary transfer of permanent legal
and physical custody of a child to a relative under section 260C.201, subdivision 11,
paragraph (d), clause (1), or a similar law of another jurisdiction.

(o) Persons who conduct assessments or investigations under this section shall take
into account accepted child-rearing practices of the culture in which a child participates
and accepted teacher discipline practices, which are not injurious to the child's health,
welfare, and safety.

(p) "Accidental" means a sudden, not reasonably foreseeable, and unexpected
occurrence or event which:

(1) is not likely to occur and could not have been prevented by exercise of due
care; and

(2) if occurring while a child is receiving services from a facility, happens when the
facility and the employee or person providing services in the facility are in compliance
with the laws and rules relevant to the occurrence or event.

(q) "Nonmaltreatment mistake" means:

(1) at the time of the incident, the individual was performing duties identified in the
center's child care program plan required under Minnesota Rules, part 9503.0045;

(2) the individual has not been determined responsible for a similar incident that
resulted in a finding of maltreatment for at least seven years;

(3) the individual has not been determined to have committed a similar
nonmaltreatment mistake under this paragraph for at least four years;

(4) any injury to a child resulting from the incident, if treated, is treated only with
remedies that are available over the counter, whether ordered by a medical professional or
not; and

(5) except for the period when the incident occurred, the facility and the individual
providing services were both in compliance with all licensing requirements relevant to the
incident.

This definition only applies to child care centers licensed under Minnesota
Rules, chapter 9503. If clauses (1) to (5) apply, rather than making a determination of
substantiated maltreatment by the individual, the commissioner of human services shall
determine that a nonmaltreatment mistake was made by the individual.

Sec. 8.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 626.556, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Duties of local welfare agency and local law enforcement agency upon
receipt of report.

(a) Upon receipt of a report, the local welfare agency shall determine
whether to conduct a family assessment or an investigation as appropriate to prevent or
provide a remedy for child maltreatment. The local welfare agency:

(1) shall conduct an investigation on reports involving substantial child
endangerment;

(2) shall begin an immediate investigation if, at any time when it is using a family
assessment response, it determines that there is reason to believe that substantial child
endangerment or a serious threat to the child's safety exists;

(3) may conduct a family assessment for reports that do not allege substantial child
endangerment. In determining that a family assessment is appropriate, the local welfare
agency may consider issues of child safety, parental cooperation, and the need for an
immediate response; and

(4) may conduct a family assessment on a report that was initially screened and
assigned for an investigation. In determining that a complete investigation is not required,
the local welfare agency must document the reason for terminating the investigation and
notify the local law enforcement agency if the local law enforcement agency is conducting
a joint investigation.

If the report alleges neglect, physical abuse, or sexual abuse by a parent, guardian,
or individual functioning within the family unit as a person responsible for the child's
care, or sexual abuse by a person with a significant relationship to the child when that
person resides in the child's household or by a sibling, the local welfare agency shall
immediately conduct a family assessment or investigation as identified in clauses (1) to
(4). In conducting a family assessment or investigation, the local welfare agency shall
gather information on the existence of substance abuse and domestic violence and offer
services for purposes of preventing future child maltreatment, safeguarding and enhancing
the welfare of the abused or neglected minor, and supporting and preserving family
life whenever possible. If the report alleges a violation of a criminal statute involving
sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect or endangerment, under section 609.378, the
local law enforcement agency and local welfare agency shall coordinate the planning and
execution of their respective investigation and assessment efforts to avoid a duplication of
fact-finding efforts and multiple interviews. Each agency shall prepare a separate report of
the results of its investigation. In cases of alleged child maltreatment resulting in death,
the local agency may rely on the fact-finding efforts of a law enforcement investigation
to make a determination of whether or not maltreatment occurred. When necessary the
local welfare agency shall seek authority to remove the child from the custody of a parent,
guardian, or adult with whom the child is living. In performing any of these duties, the
local welfare agency shall maintain appropriate records.

If the family assessment or investigation indicates there is a potential for abuse of
alcohol or other drugs by the parent, guardian, or person responsible for the child's care,
the local welfare agency shall conduct a chemical use assessment pursuant to Minnesota
Rules, part 9530.6615.

(b) When a local agency receives a report or otherwise has information indicating
that a child who is a client, as defined in section 245.91, has been the subject of physical
abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect at an agency, facility, or program as defined in section
245.91, it shall, in addition to its other duties under this section, immediately inform the
ombudsman established under sections 245.91 to 245.97. The commissioner of education
shall inform the ombudsman established under sections 245.91 to 245.97 of reports
regarding a child defined as a client in section 245.91 that maltreatment occurred at a
school as defined in sections 120A.05, subdivisions 9, 11, and 13, and 124D.10.

(c) Authority of the local welfare agency responsible for assessing or investigating
the child abuse or neglect report, the agency responsible for assessing or investigating
the report, and of the local law enforcement agency for investigating the alleged abuse or
neglect includes, but is not limited to, authority to interview, without parental consent,
the alleged victim and any other minors who currently reside with or who have resided
with the alleged offender. The interview may take place at school or at any facility or
other place where the alleged victim or other minors might be found or the child may be
transported to, and the interview conducted at, a place appropriate for the interview of a
child designated by the local welfare agency or law enforcement agency. The interview
may take place outside the presence of the alleged offender or parent, legal custodian,
guardian, or school official. For family assessments, it is the preferred practice to request
a parent or guardian's permission to interview the child prior to conducting the child
interview, unless doing so would compromise the safety assessment. Except as provided in
this paragraph, the parent, legal custodian, or guardian shall be notified by the responsible
local welfare or law enforcement agency no later than the conclusion of the investigation
or assessment that this interview has occurred. Notwithstanding rule 32 of the Minnesota
Rules of Procedure for Juvenile Courts, the juvenile court may, after hearing on an ex parte
motion by the local welfare agency, order that, where reasonable cause exists, the agency
withhold notification of this interview from the parent, legal custodian, or guardian. If the
interview took place or is to take place on school property, the order shall specify that
school officials may not disclose to the parent, legal custodian, or guardian the contents
of the notification of intent to interview the child on school property, as provided under
this paragraph, and any other related information regarding the interview that may be a
part of the child's school record. A copy of the order shall be sent by the local welfare or
law enforcement agency to the appropriate school official.

(d) When the local welfare, local law enforcement agency, or the agency responsible
for assessing or investigating a report of maltreatment determines that an interview should
take place on school property, written notification of intent to interview the child on school
property must be received by school officials prior to the interview. The notification
shall include the name of the child to be interviewed, the purpose of the interview, and
a reference to the statutory authority to conduct an interview on school property. For
interviews conducted by the local welfare agency, the notification shall be signed by the
chair of the local social services agency or the chair's designee. The notification shall be
private data on individuals subject to the provisions of this paragraph. School officials
may not disclose to the parent, legal custodian, or guardian the contents of the notification
or any other related information regarding the interview until notified in writing by the
local welfare or law enforcement agency that the investigation or assessment has been
concluded, unless a school employee or agent is alleged to have maltreated the child.
Until that time, the local welfare or law enforcement agency or the agency responsible
for assessing or investigating a report of maltreatment shall be solely responsible for any
disclosures regarding the nature of the assessment or investigation.

Except where the alleged offender is believed to be a school official or employee,
the time and place, and manner of the interview on school premises shall be within the
discretion of school officials, but the local welfare or law enforcement agency shall have
the exclusive authority to determine who may attend the interview. The conditions as to
time, place, and manner of the interview set by the school officials shall be reasonable and
the interview shall be conducted not more than 24 hours after the receipt of the notification
unless another time is considered necessary by agreement between the school officials and
the local welfare or law enforcement agency. Where the school fails to comply with the
provisions of this paragraph, the juvenile court may order the school to comply. Every
effort must be made to reduce the disruption of the educational program of the child, other
students, or school staff when an interview is conducted on school premises.

(e) Where the alleged offender or a person responsible for the care of the alleged
victim or other minor prevents access to the victim or other minor by the local welfare
agency, the juvenile court may order the parents, legal custodian, or guardian to produce
the alleged victim or other minor for questioning by the local welfare agency or the local
law enforcement agency outside the presence of the alleged offender or any person
responsible for the child's care at reasonable places and times as specified by court order.

(f) Before making an order under paragraph (e), the court shall issue an order to
show cause, either upon its own motion or upon a verified petition, specifying the basis for
the requested interviews and fixing the time and place of the hearing. The order to show
cause shall be served personally and shall be heard in the same manner as provided in
other cases in the juvenile court. The court shall consider the need for appointment of a
guardian ad litem to protect the best interests of the child. If appointed, the guardian ad
litem shall be present at the hearing on the order to show cause.

(g) The commissioner of human services, the ombudsman for mental health and
developmental disabilities, the local welfare agencies responsible for investigating reports,
the commissioner of education, and the local law enforcement agencies have the right to
enter facilities as defined in subdivision 2 and to inspect and copy the facility's records,
including medical records, as part of the investigation. Notwithstanding the provisions of
chapter 13, they also have the right to inform the facility under investigation that they are
conducting an investigation, to disclose to the facility the names of the individuals under
investigation for abusing or neglecting a child, and to provide the facility with a copy of
the report and the investigative findings.

(h) The local welfare agency responsible for conducting a family assessment or
investigation shall collect available and relevant information to determine child safety,
risk of subsequent child maltreatment, and family strengths and needs and share not public
information with an Indian's tribal social services agency without violating any law of the
state that may otherwise impose duties of confidentiality on the local welfare agency in
order to implement the tribal state agreement. The local welfare agency or the agency
responsible for investigating the report shall collect available and relevant information
to ascertain whether maltreatment occurred and whether protective services are needed.
Information collected includes, when relevant, information with regard to the person
reporting the alleged maltreatment, including the nature of the reporter's relationship to the
child and to the alleged offender, and the basis of the reporter's knowledge for the report;
the child allegedly being maltreated; the alleged offender; the child's caretaker; and other
collateral sources having relevant information related to the alleged maltreatment. The
local welfare agency or the agency responsible for deleted text beginassessing ordeleted text end investigating the report
may make a determination of no maltreatment early in an deleted text beginassessmentdeleted text endnew text begin investigationnew text end, and
close the case and retain immunity, if the collected information shows no basis for a
full deleted text beginassessment ordeleted text end investigation.

Information relevant to the assessment or investigation must be asked for, and
may include:

(1) the child's sex and age, prior reports of maltreatment, information relating
to developmental functioning, credibility of the child's statement, and whether the
information provided under this clause is consistent with other information collected
during the course of the assessment or investigation;

(2) the alleged offender's age, a record check for prior reports of maltreatment, and
criminal charges and convictions. The local welfare agency or the agency responsible for
assessing or investigating the report must provide the alleged offender with an opportunity
to make a statement. The alleged offender may submit supporting documentation relevant
to the assessment or investigation;

(3) collateral source information regarding the alleged maltreatment and care of the
child. Collateral information includes, when relevant: (i) a medical examination of the
child; (ii) prior medical records relating to the alleged maltreatment or the care of the
child maintained by any facility, clinic, or health care professional and an interview with
the treating professionals; and (iii) interviews with the child's caretakers, including the
child's parent, guardian, foster parent, child care provider, teachers, counselors, family
members, relatives, and other persons who may have knowledge regarding the alleged
maltreatment and the care of the child; and

(4) information on the existence of domestic abuse and violence in the home of
the child, and substance abuse.

Nothing in this paragraph precludes the local welfare agency, the local law
enforcement agency, or the agency responsible for assessing or investigating the report
from collecting other relevant information necessary to conduct the assessment or
investigation. Notwithstanding sections 13.384 or 144.291 to 144.298, the local welfare
agency has access to medical data and records for purposes of clause (3). Notwithstanding
the data's classification in the possession of any other agency, data acquired by the
local welfare agency or the agency responsible for assessing or investigating the report
during the course of the assessment or investigation are private data on individuals and
must be maintained in accordance with subdivision 11. Data of the commissioner of
education collected or maintained during and for the purpose of an investigation of
alleged maltreatment in a school are governed by this section, notwithstanding the data's
classification as educational, licensing, or personnel data under chapter 13.

In conducting an assessment or investigation involving a school facility as defined
in subdivision 2, paragraph (i), the commissioner of education shall collect investigative
reports and data that are relevant to a report of maltreatment and are from local law
enforcement and the school facility.

(i) Upon receipt of a report, the local welfare agency shall conduct a face-to-face
contact with the child reported to be maltreated and with the child's primary caregiver
sufficient to complete a safety assessment and ensure the immediate safety of the child.
The face-to-face contact with the child and primary caregiver shall occur immediately
if substantial child endangerment is alleged and within five calendar days for all other
reports. If the alleged offender was not already interviewed as the primary caregiver, the
local welfare agency shall also conduct a face-to-face interview with the alleged offender
in the early stages of the assessment or investigation. At the initial contact, the local child
welfare agency or the agency responsible for assessing or investigating the report must
inform the alleged offender of the complaints or allegations made against the individual in
a manner consistent with laws protecting the rights of the person who made the report.
The interview with the alleged offender may be postponed if it would jeopardize an active
law enforcement investigation.

(j) When conducting an investigation, the local welfare agency shall use a question
and answer interviewing format with questioning as nondirective as possible to elicit
spontaneous responses. For investigations only, the following interviewing methods and
procedures must be used whenever possible when collecting information:

(1) audio recordings of all interviews with witnesses and collateral sources; and

(2) in cases of alleged sexual abuse, audio-video recordings of each interview with
the alleged victim and child witnesses.

(k) In conducting an assessment or investigation involving a school facility as
defined in subdivision 2, paragraph (i), the commissioner of education shall collect
available and relevant information and use the procedures in paragraphs (i), (k), and
subdivision 3d, except that the requirement for face-to-face observation of the child
and face-to-face interview of the alleged offender is to occur in the initial stages of the
assessment or investigation provided that the commissioner may also base the assessment
or investigation on investigative reports and data received from the school facility and
local law enforcement, to the extent those investigations satisfy the requirements of
paragraphs (i) and (k), and subdivision 3d.

Sec. 9.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 626.556, subdivision 10e, is amended to read:


Subd. 10e.

Determinations.

(a) The local welfare agency shall conclude the family
assessment or the investigation within 45 days of the receipt of a report. The conclusion of
the assessment or investigation may be extended to permit the completion of a criminal
investigation or the receipt of expert information requested within 45 days of the receipt
of the report.

(b) After conducting a family assessment, the local welfare agency shall determine
whether services are needed to address the safety of the child and other family members
and the risk of subsequent maltreatment.

(c) After conducting an investigation, the local welfare agency shall make two
determinations: first, whether maltreatment has occurred; and second, whether child
protective services are needed.new text begin No determination of maltreatment shall be made when the
alleged perpetrator is a child under the age of ten.
new text end

(d) If the commissioner of education conducts an assessment or investigation,
the commissioner shall determine whether maltreatment occurred and what corrective
or protective action was taken by the school facility. If a determination is made that
maltreatment has occurred, the commissioner shall report to the employer, the school
board, and any appropriate licensing entity the determination that maltreatment occurred
and what corrective or protective action was taken by the school facility. In all other cases,
the commissioner shall inform the school board or employer that a report was received,
the subject of the report, the date of the initial report, the category of maltreatment alleged
as defined in paragraph (f), the fact that maltreatment was not determined, and a summary
of the specific reasons for the determination.

(e) When maltreatment is determined in an investigation involving a facility,
the investigating agency shall also determine whether the facility or individual was
responsible, or whether both the facility and the individual were responsible for the
maltreatment using the mitigating factors in paragraph (i). Determinations under this
subdivision must be made based on a preponderance of the evidence and are private data
on individuals or nonpublic data as maintained by the commissioner of education.

(f) For the purposes of this subdivision, "maltreatment" means any of the following
acts or omissions:

(1) physical abuse as defined in subdivision 2, paragraph (g);

(2) neglect as defined in subdivision 2, paragraph (f);

(3) sexual abuse as defined in subdivision 2, paragraph (d);

(4) mental injury as defined in subdivision 2, paragraph (m); or

(5) maltreatment of a child in a facility as defined in subdivision 2, paragraph (i).

(g) For the purposes of this subdivision, a determination that child protective
services are needed means that the local welfare agency has documented conditions
during the assessment or investigation sufficient to cause a child protection worker, as
defined in section 626.559, subdivision 1, to conclude that a child is at significant risk of
maltreatment if protective intervention is not provided and that the individuals responsible
for the child's care have not taken or are not likely to take actions to protect the child
from maltreatment or risk of maltreatment.

(h) This subdivision does not mean that maltreatment has occurred solely because
the child's parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the child's care in good faith
selects and depends upon spiritual means or prayer for treatment or care of disease
or remedial care of the child, in lieu of medical care. However, if lack of medical care
may result in serious danger to the child's health, the local welfare agency may ensure
that necessary medical services are provided to the child.

(i) When determining whether the facility or individual is the responsible party, or
whether both the facility and the individual are responsible for determined maltreatment in
a facility, the investigating agency shall consider at least the following mitigating factors:

(1) whether the actions of the facility or the individual caregivers were according to,
and followed the terms of, an erroneous physician order, prescription, individual care plan,
or directive; however, this is not a mitigating factor when the facility or caregiver was
responsible for the issuance of the erroneous order, prescription, individual care plan, or
directive or knew or should have known of the errors and took no reasonable measures to
correct the defect before administering care;

(2) comparative responsibility between the facility, other caregivers, and
requirements placed upon an employee, including the facility's compliance with related
regulatory standards and the adequacy of facility policies and procedures, facility training,
an individual's participation in the training, the caregiver's supervision, and facility staffing
levels and the scope of the individual employee's authority and discretion; and

(3) whether the facility or individual followed professional standards in exercising
professional judgment.

The evaluation of the facility's responsibility under clause (2) must not be based on the
completeness of the risk assessment or risk reduction plan required under section 245A.66,
but must be based on the facility's compliance with the regulatory standards for policies
and procedures, training, and supervision as cited in Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota
Rules.

(j) Notwithstanding paragraph (i), when maltreatment is determined to have been
committed by an individual who is also the facility license holder, both the individual and
the facility must be determined responsible for the maltreatment, and both the background
study disqualification standards under section 245C.15, subdivision 4, and the licensing
actions under sections 245A.06 or 245A.07 apply.

(k) Individual counties may implement more detailed definitions or criteria that
indicate which allegations to investigate, as long as a county's policies are consistent
with the definitions in the statutes and rules and are approved by the county board. Each
local welfare agency shall periodically inform mandated reporters under subdivision 3
who work in the county of the definitions of maltreatment in the statutes and rules and any
additional definitions or criteria that have been approved by the county board.

Sec. 10.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 626.556, subdivision 10f, is amended to read:


Subd. 10f.

Notice of determinations.

Within ten working days of the conclusion
of a family assessment, the local welfare agency shall notify the parent or guardian
of the child of the need for services to address child safety concerns or significant risk
of subsequent child maltreatment. The local welfare agency and the family may also
jointly agree that family support and family preservation services are needed. Within ten
working days of the conclusion of an investigation, the local welfare agency or agency
responsible for deleted text beginassessing ordeleted text end investigating the report shall notify the parent or guardian
of the child, the person determined to be maltreating the child, and if applicable, the
director of the facility, of the determination and a summary of the specific reasons for
the determination. When the investigation involves a child foster care setting that is
monitored by a private licensing agency under section 245A.16, the local welfare agency
responsible for deleted text beginassessing ordeleted text end investigating the report shall notify the private licensing
agency of the determination and shall provide a summary of the specific reasons for
the determination. The notice to the private licensing agency must include identifying
private data, but not the identity of the reporter of maltreatment. The notice must also
include a certification that the information collection procedures under subdivision 10,
paragraphs (h), (i), and (j), were followed and a notice of the right of a data subject to
obtain access to other private data on the subject collected, created, or maintained under
this section. In addition, the notice shall include the length of time that the records will be
kept under subdivision 11c. The investigating agency shall notify the parent or guardian
of the child who is the subject of the report, and any person or facility determined to
have maltreated a child, of their appeal or review rights under this section or section
256.022. The notice must also state that a finding of maltreatment may result in denial of a
license application or background study disqualification under chapter 245C related to
employment or services that are licensed by the Department of Human Services under
chapter 245A, the Department of Health under chapter 144 or 144A, the Department of
Corrections under section 241.021, and from providing services related to an unlicensed
personal care provider organization under chapter 256B.

Sec. 11.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 626.556, subdivision 10i, is amended to read:


Subd. 10i.

Administrative reconsideration; review panel.

(a) Administrative
reconsideration is not applicable in family assessments since no determination concerning
maltreatment is made. For investigations, except as provided under paragraph (e), an
individual or facility that the commissioner of human services, a local social service
agency, or the commissioner of education determines has maltreated a child, an interested
person acting on behalf of the child, regardless of the determination, who contests
the investigating agency's final determination regarding maltreatment, may request the
investigating agency to reconsider its final determination regarding maltreatment. The
request for reconsideration must be submitted in writing to the investigating agency within
15 calendar days after receipt of notice of the final determination regarding maltreatment
or, if the request is made by an interested person who is not entitled to notice, within
15 days after receipt of the notice by the parent or guardian of the child. If mailed, the
request for reconsideration must be postmarked and sent to the investigating agency
within 15 calendar days of the individual's or facility's receipt of the final determination. If
the request for reconsideration is made by personal service, it must be received by the
investigating agency within 15 calendar days after the individual's or facility's receipt of the
final determination. Effective January 1, 2002, an individual who was determined to have
maltreated a child under this section and who was disqualified on the basis of serious or
recurring maltreatment under sections 245C.14 and 245C.15, may request reconsideration
of the maltreatment determination and the disqualification. The request for reconsideration
of the maltreatment determination and the disqualification must be submitted within 30
calendar days of the individual's receipt of the notice of disqualification under sections
245C.16 and 245C.17. If mailed, the request for reconsideration of the maltreatment
determination and the disqualification must be postmarked and sent to the investigating
agency within 30 calendar days of the individual's receipt of the maltreatment
determination and notice of disqualification. If the request for reconsideration is made by
personal service, it must be received by the investigating agency within 30 calendar days
after the individual's receipt of the notice of disqualification.

(b) Except as provided under paragraphs (e) and (f), if the investigating agency
denies the request or fails to act upon the request within 15 working days after receiving
the request for reconsideration, the person or facility entitled to a fair hearing under
section 256.045 may submit to the commissioner of human services or the commissioner
of education a written request for a hearing under that section. Section 256.045 also
governs hearings requested to contest a final determination of the commissioner of
education. deleted text beginFor reports involving maltreatment of a child in a facility, an interested person
acting on behalf of the child may request a review by the Child Maltreatment Review
Panel under section 256.022 if the investigating agency denies the request or fails to act
upon the request or if the interested person contests a reconsidered determination.
deleted text end The
investigating agency shall notify persons who request reconsideration of their rights under
this paragraph. deleted text beginThe request must be submitted in writing to the review panel and a copy
sent to the investigating agency within 30 calendar days of receipt of notice of a denial
of a request for reconsideration or of a reconsidered determination. The request must
specifically identify the aspects of the agency determination with which the person is
dissatisfied.
deleted text endnew text begin The hearings specified under this section are the only administrative appeal of
a decision issued under paragraph (a). Determinations under this section are not subject to
accuracy and completeness challenges under section 13.04.
new text end

(c) If, as a result of a reconsideration or review, the investigating agency changes
the final determination of maltreatment, that agency shall notify the parties specified in
subdivisions 10b, 10d, and 10f.

(d) Except as provided under paragraph (f), if an individual or facility contests the
investigating agency's final determination regarding maltreatment by requesting a fair
hearing under section 256.045, the commissioner of human services shall assure that the
hearing is conducted and a decision is reached within 90 days of receipt of the request for
a hearing. The time for action on the decision may be extended for as many days as the
hearing is postponed or the record is held open for the benefit of either party.

(e) If an individual was disqualified under sections 245C.14 and 245C.15, on
the basis of a determination of maltreatment, which was serious or recurring, and
the individual has requested reconsideration of the maltreatment determination under
paragraph (a) and requested reconsideration of the disqualification under sections 245C.21
to 245C.27, reconsideration of the maltreatment determination and reconsideration of the
disqualification shall be consolidated into a single reconsideration. If reconsideration
of the maltreatment determination is denied and the individual remains disqualified
following a reconsideration decision, the individual may request a fair hearing under
section 256.045. If an individual requests a fair hearing on the maltreatment determination
and the disqualification, the scope of the fair hearing shall include both the maltreatment
determination and the disqualification.

(f) If a maltreatment determination or a disqualification based on serious or recurring
maltreatment is the basis for a denial of a license under section 245A.05 or a licensing
sanction under section 245A.07, the license holder has the right to a contested case hearing
under chapter 14 and Minnesota Rules, parts 1400.8505 to 1400.8612. As provided for
under section 245A.08, subdivision 2a, the scope of the contested case hearing shall
include the maltreatment determination, disqualification, and licensing sanction or denial
of a license. In such cases, a fair hearing regarding the maltreatment determination and
disqualification shall not be conducted under section 256.045. Except for family child
care and child foster care, reconsideration of a maltreatment determination as provided
under this subdivision, and reconsideration of a disqualification as provided under section
245C.22, shall also not be conducted when:

(1) a denial of a license under section 245A.05 or a licensing sanction under section
245A.07, is based on a determination that the license holder is responsible for maltreatment
or the disqualification of a license holder based on serious or recurring maltreatment;

(2) the denial of a license or licensing sanction is issued at the same time as the
maltreatment determination or disqualification; and

(3) the license holder appeals the maltreatment determination or disqualification, and
denial of a license or licensing sanction.

Notwithstanding clauses (1) to (3), if the license holder appeals the maltreatment
determination or disqualification, but does not appeal the denial of a license or a licensing
sanction, reconsideration of the maltreatment determination shall be conducted under
sections 626.556, subdivision 10i, and 626.557, subdivision 9d, and reconsideration of the
disqualification shall be conducted under section 245C.22. In such cases, a fair hearing
shall also be conducted as provided under sections 245C.27, 626.556, subdivision 10i, and
626.557, subdivision 9d.

If the disqualified subject is an individual other than the license holder and upon
whom a background study must be conducted under chapter 245C, the hearings of all
parties may be consolidated into a single contested case hearing upon consent of all parties
and the administrative law judge.

(g) For purposes of this subdivision, "interested person acting on behalf of the
child" means a parent or legal guardian; stepparent; grandparent; guardian ad litem; adult
stepbrother, stepsister, or sibling; or adult aunt or uncle; unless the person has been
determined to be the perpetrator of the maltreatment.

Sec. 12.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 626.556, subdivision 10k, is amended to
read:


Subd. 10k.

Release of certainnew text begin assessment ornew text end investigative records to other
counties.

Records maintained under subdivision 11c, paragraph (a), may be shared with
another local welfare agency that requests the information because it is conducting annew text begin
assessment or
new text end investigation under this section of the subject of the records.

Sec. 13. new text beginREVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.
new text end

new text begin (a) The revisor of statutes shall renumber each section of Minnesota Statutes listed
in column A with the number listed in column B.
new text end

new text begin Column A
new text end
new text begin Column B
new text end
new text begin 259.69
new text end
new text begin 259A.05, subd. 5
new text end
new text begin 260C.217
new text end
new text begin 260C.139
new text end
new text begin 260C.501
new text end
new text begin 260C.177
new text end
new text begin 260C.201, subd. 10
new text end
new text begin 260C.202
new text end
new text begin 260C.212, subd. 7
new text end
new text begin 260C.203
new text end
new text begin 260C.201, subd. 11a
new text end
new text begin 260C.204
new text end
new text begin 260C.212, subd. 4
new text end
new text begin 260C.219
new text end
new text begin 260C.212, subd. 5
new text end
new text begin 260C.221
new text end
new text begin 260C.213
new text end
new text begin 260C.223
new text end
new text begin 260C.206
new text end
new text begin 260C.225
new text end
new text begin 260C.212, subd. 8
new text end
new text begin 260C.227
new text end
new text begin 260C.212, subd. 6
new text end
new text begin 260C.521, subd. 4
new text end
new text begin 260C.205
new text end
new text begin 260D.11
new text end

new text begin (b) The revisor of statutes shall make necessary cross-reference changes in
Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Rules consistent with the numbering in articles 1 and
2 and the renumbering in paragraph (a).
new text end

ARTICLE 4

CHILD SUPPORT

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 257.75, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Hospital and Department of Health deleted text begindistribution of educational
materials
deleted text end; recognition form.

Hospitals that provide obstetric services and the state
registrar of vital statistics shall distribute the educational materials and recognition
of parentage forms prepared by the commissioner of human services to new parents
deleted text begin anddeleted text endnew text begin;new text end shall assist parents in understanding the recognition of parentage form, including
following the provisions for notice under subdivision 5new text begin; shall aid new parents in properly
completing the recognition of parentage form, including providing notary services; and
shall timely file the completed recognition of parentage form with the office of the state
registrar of vital statistics
new text end. On and after January 1, 1994, hospitals may not distribute the
declaration of parentage forms.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 518C.205, is amended to read:


518C.205 CONTINUING, EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION.

(a) A tribunal of this state issuing a support order consistent with the law of this state
has continuing, exclusive jurisdiction over a child support ordernew text begin unlessnew text end:

(1) deleted text beginas long asdeleted text end this state deleted text beginremainsdeleted text endnew text begin is no longernew text end the residence of the obligor, the
individual obligee, deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text begin andnew text end the child for whose benefit the support order is issued; or

(2) deleted text beginuntildeleted text end all of the parties who are individuals have filed written consents with
the tribunal of this state for a tribunal of another state to modify the order and assume
continuing, exclusive jurisdiction.

(b) A tribunal of this state issuing a child support order consistent with the law of
this state may not exercise its continuing jurisdiction to modify the order if the order has
been modified by a tribunal of another state pursuant to this chapter or a law substantially
similar to this chapter.

(c) If a child support order of this state is modified by a tribunal of another state
pursuant to this chapter or a law substantially similar to this chapter, a tribunal of this state
loses its continuing, exclusive jurisdiction with regard to prospective enforcement of the
order issued in this state, and may only:

(1) enforce the order that was modified as to amounts accruing before the
modification;

(2) enforce nonmodifiable aspects of that order; and

(3) provide other appropriate relief for violations of that order which occurred before
the effective date of the modification.

(d) A tribunal of this state shall recognize the continuing, exclusive jurisdiction of a
tribunal of another state which has issued a child support order pursuant to this chapter or
a law substantially similar to this chapter.

(e) A temporary support order issued ex parte or pending resolution of a jurisdictional
conflict does not create continuing, exclusive jurisdiction in the issuing tribunal.

(f) A tribunal of this state issuing a support order consistent with the law of this
state has continuing, exclusive jurisdiction over a spousal support order throughout the
existence of the support obligation. A tribunal of this state may not modify a spousal
support order issued by a tribunal of another state having continuing, exclusive jurisdiction
over that order under the law of that state.