260C.217 SAFE PLACE FOR NEWBORNS.
Subdivision 1. Duty to attempt reunification, duty to search for relatives, and
preferences not applicable.
A local social service agency taking custody of a child after
discharge from a hospital that received a child under section
is not required to attempt to
reunify the child with the child's parents. Additionally, the agency is not required to search for
relatives of the child as a placement or permanency option under section
260C.212, subdivision 5
or to implement other placement requirements that give a preference to relatives if the agency
does not have information as to the identity of the child, the child's mother, or the child's father.
Subd. 2. Status of child.
For purposes of proceedings under this chapter and adoption
proceedings, a newborn left at a hospital under section
is considered an abandoned child.
History: 2000 c 421 s 2