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                            CHAPTER 129-H.F.No. 2192 
                  An act relating to adoption; providing for data 
                  collection and best practice guidelines for conducting 
                  postadoption services; requiring a report; proposing 
                  coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 259. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  [259.88] [DATA AND BEST PRACTICES.] 
           Subdivision 1.  [REQUIRED DATA FOR POSTADOPTION SEARCH 
        SERVICES.] (a) The commissioner of human services must collect 
        data from all adoption agencies for six months in order to 
        establish benchmarks to evaluate postadoption search services.  
        The data must include: 
           (1) the percentage of requests resulting in successful 
        location of the other party; 
           (2) the percentage of requests resulting in successful 
        completion of the commissioner's designated form for family 
        medical and social history; 
           (3) the time from request for search to completion of 
        search; and 
           (4) the number and type of efforts used to complete the 
        search. 
           (b) Agencies must provide the number of search requests 
        received during the six-month period prior to the effective date 
        of this section to the commissioner of human services. 
           (c) The data must be used to establish reasonable efforts 
        in developing the best practices under subdivision 2. 
           Subd. 2.  [BEST PRACTICES.] The commissioner of human 
        services, in consultation with the commissioner of health, must 
        develop best practice guidelines for conducting postadoption 
        services. 
           Sec. 2.  [REPORT.] 
           The commissioner must report to the legislature by February 
        1, 2006.  The report must include an assessment of the data 
        gathered under section 1, subdivision 1, and the best practices 
        guidelines developed under section 1, subdivision 2. 
           Sec. 3.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. 
           Presented to the governor May 31, 2005 
           Signed by the governor June 1, 2005, 3:33 p.m.