(a) A parent whose rights to the child have not been terminated must consent to the adoption of the child. A parent may consent to the adoption of the child under section 260C.515, subdivision 3, and that consent shall be irrevocable upon acceptance by the court except as otherwise provided in section 260C.515, subdivision 3, clause (2)(i). A parent of an Indian child may consent to the adoption of the child according to United States Code, title 25, section 1913, and that consent may be withdrawn for any reason at any time before the entry of a final decree of adoption.
(b) When the child to be adopted is age 14 years or older, the child's written consent to adoption by the adopting parent is required.
(c) Consent by the responsible social services agency or the commissioner is not required because the adoptive placement has been made by the responsible social services agency.
In order to issue a decree for adoption and enter judgment accordingly, the court must have the following documents in the record:
(1) the original birth record of the child;
(2) an adoption study report including a background study required under section 259.41;
(3) a certified copy of the findings and order terminating parental rights or order accepting the parent's consent to adoption under section 260C.515, subdivision 3, and for guardianship to the commissioner;
(4) any consents required under subdivision 1;
(5) the child's social and medical history under section 260C.609;
(7) a report from the child's guardian ad litem.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes