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    Subdivision 1. Establishment; contents; availability. The commissioner of human services
shall establish an adoption exchange that contains a photograph and description of each child who
has been legally freed for adoption. The exchange service shall be available to all local social
service agencies and licensed child-placing agencies whose purpose is to assist in the adoptive
placement of children.
    Subd. 2. Photograph and description. All local social service agencies, and licensed
child-placing agencies shall send to the state adoption exchange, within 45 days of the time a
child becomes free for adoption, a recent photograph and description of each child in its care
who has been legally freed for adoption by the termination of parental rights, and for whom
no adoptive home has been found.
    Subd. 2a. Listing deadline. All children identified under subdivision 2 must be listed on the
state adoption exchange within 20 days of the receipt of the information from the local social
service agency or licensed child-placing agency.
    Subd. 3. Changes in status. Changes in the status of a child listed in the state adoption
exchange shall be reported by the local social service agency and the licensed child-placing
agency to the exchange within ten working days after the change occurs.
    Subd. 4. Updated information. Children remaining registered for 12 months shall have
their photographs and written descriptions updated by the local social service agency and the
licensed child-placing agency within ten working days of the expiration of the 12 months, and
every 12 months thereafter.
    Subd. 5. Withdrawal of registration. A child's registration shall be withdrawn when the
exchange service has been notified in writing by the local social service agency and the licensed
child-placing agency that the child has been adopted, has become 14 years old and will not
consent to an adoption plan, or has died.
    Subd. 6. Periodic review of status. The exchange service shall semiannually check the
status of listed children for whom inquiries have been received. Periodic checks shall be made
by the service to determine the progress toward adoption of those children and the status of
children registered but never listed in the exchange book because of placement in an adoptive
home prior to or at the time of registration.
    Subd. 7. Voluntary referral; required registration. A local social service agency and a
licensed child-placing agency may voluntarily refer any child legally freed for adoption to the
exchange service; or the exchange service may determine that the recruitment of an adoptive
family through the exchange book is appropriate for a child not registered with the service and
require the child to be registered with the exchange service within ten working days.
    Subd. 8. Reasons for deferral. Deferral of the listing of a child with the state adoption
exchange shall be only for one or more of the following reasons:
    (a) the child is in an adoptive placement but is not legally adopted;
    (b) the child's foster parents or other individuals are now considering adoption;
    (c) diagnostic study or testing is required to clarify the child's problem and provide an
adequate description; or
    (d) the child is currently in a hospital and continuing need for daily professional care will not
permit placement in a family setting.
Approval of a request to defer listing for any of the reasons specified in paragraph (b) or (c) shall
be valid for a period not to exceed 90 days, with no subsequent deferrals for those reasons.
    Subd. 9. Rules; staff. The commissioner of human services shall make rules as necessary to
administer this section and shall employ necessary staff to carry out the purposes of this section.
History: 1980 c 614 s 132; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58; 1986 c 444; 1994 c 631 s 31; 1995 c 61 s
1-7; 2005 c 159 art 2 s 8; 2007 c 147 art 1 s 6

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