256F.07 Placement prevention and family reunification services.
Subdivision 1. Preplacement review. Each county board shall establish a preplacement procedure to review each request for substitute care placement and determine if appropriate community resources have been utilized before making a substitute care placement. Emergency placements shall be reviewed to determine services necessary to allow a child to return home. Placements shall be reviewed for compliance with the Minority Family Heritage Act, sections 259.29 and 260C.215; the Minnesota Minority Family Preservation Act, section 260C.193, subdivision 3; the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act, sections 260.751 to 260.781; and the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, United States Code, title 25, part 1901.
Subd. 2. Procedure for placement. When the preplacement review has determined that a substitute care placement is required because the child is in imminent risk of abuse or neglect; or requires treatment of an emotional disorder, chemical dependency, or mental retardation; the agency shall determine the level of care most appropriate to meet the child's needs in the least restrictive setting and in closest proximity to the child's family; and estimate the length of time of the placement, project a placement goal, and provide a statement of the anticipated outcome of the placement.
Placements must be in compliance with the Minority Family Heritage Act, sections 259.29 and 260C.212; the Minnesota Minority Family Preservation Act, section 260C.193, subdivision 3; the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act, sections 260.751 to 260.781; and the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, United States Code, title 25, part 1901.
Subd. 3. Types of services. Placement prevention and family reunification services include family-based services as defined in section 256F.03, subdivision 5.
Family-based services must be coordinated with additional services identified and funded in the county social service act plan to provide a comprehensive placement prevention and family reunification services program.
Subd. 3a. Minority family services. In addition to services listed in subdivision 3, placement prevention and family reunification services for minority children include:
(1) development of foster and adoptive placement resources, including recruitment, licensing, and support;
(2) advocacy in working with the county and private social service agencies, and activities to help provide access to agency services;
(3) family and community involvement strategies to combat child abuse and chronic neglect of children;
(4) coordinated child welfare and mental health services to minority families; and
(5) other activities and services approved by the commissioner that further the goals of the minority heritage preservation act.
Subd. 4. Rights of the child and family. The child and the family may refuse placement prevention and family reunification services or appeal the denial of the services.
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