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ADOPTION

Acknowledgment, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37

Adoptees

Address, filing, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.27

Adoption records, access, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.2252, 2017 259.89

Birth parents, see same under this topic

Communication or contact with birth relatives, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.58, 2017 259.59, 2017 260C.619, 2017 260C.635

Consent, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24, 2017 260C.629

Death, notice, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.27, 2017 260C.613

Decree, change of name, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.57

Defined as dependent children

Legislators retirement plan, Minn. Statutes 2017 3A.01

Minnesota State Retirement System, Minn. Statutes 2017 352.01

Public Employees Retirement Association, Minn. Statutes 2017 353.01

Small employer insurance plans, Minn. Statutes 2017 62L.02

Teachers retirement, Saint Paul, Minn. Statutes 2017 354A.011

Defined as individuals who are related, Minn. Statutes 2017 245A.02

Defined as surviving children, Minn. Statutes 2017 356.303

Genetic siblings, right to information about, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.83

Health and accident insurance, Minn. Statutes 2017 62A.27, 2017 62Q.23

Hearing on petition, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.49

Indian children, see same under this topic

Intestate succession

Adoption pending, Minn. Statutes 2017 524.2-118

Genetic parent relationship, Minn. Statutes 2017 524.2-119

Inheritance by and from child, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.635

Medical assistance, Minn. Statutes 2017 256B.055, 2017 256B.057, 2017 259A.65

Minority children, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.0651

Preadoption residence, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Social and medical histories, Minn. Statutes 2017 259A.01, 2017 260C.609

Stepchildren, Minn. Statutes 2017 524.2-119

Terminal illness, notice, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.27, 2017 260C.613

Unmarried minor children, Minn. Statutes 2017 257C.08

Adoption agencies

Access to data, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.41, 2017 259.61

Adoption studies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.21, 2017 259.41, 2017 259.47

Audits, Minn. Statutes 2017 245A.04, 2017 259.45

Background checks, see Human services licensees under BACKGROUND CHECKS AND STUDIES

Birth parent history requests, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.83

Certificates and certification, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.05

Certified records, birth records, issuance, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.225

Child placement decisions, records, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.31

Consent, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24

Contracts, family recruitment, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.77

Definitions, Minn. Statutes 2017 259A.01

Disclosure, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.29, 2017 259.37, 2017 259.45

Expense statements, filing, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Family recruitment, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.77

Fees, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37, 2017 259.45

Gifts to, authority to accept, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.77

Grants to, authority to accept, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.77

Investigations, duties, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Licenses, see under HUMAN SERVICES

Lists, Minn. Statutes 2017 145.4243

Misrepresentation, lawsuits, damages, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37

Notice received, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.27

Orders, audits, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.45

Payments to, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.22

Postadoption search services data, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.88

Prospective adoptive parents, duties, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Purchase of service contracts, Minn. Statutes 2017 259A.75

Records and record keeping, see same under this topic

Religious societies, and civil marriages, Minn. Statutes 2017 517.201

Reports given, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.22, 2017 259.45, 2017 259.53

Surety bonds, Minn. Statutes 2017 245A.04

Violations and penalties, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37, 2017 259.45

Adoption assistance program, see ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Adoption exchange, duties, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.75

Adoption studies and reports, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.41, 2017 260C.611

Adoptive homes, suitability, certification, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.05

Adoptive parents

Address, filing with agency, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.27

Adoption studies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.21, 2017 259.41, 2017 259.47, 2017 260C.611

Agreements by, communication or contact, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.58, 2017 260C.619, 2017 260C.635

Attorney fees, payment, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.65

Background checks and studies, see same under this topic

Birth parent histories, see same under this topic

Cooperation, background checks, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Definitions, Minn. Statutes 2017 125A.27, 2017 259A.01, 2017 260C.603

Guardians, costs, payment, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.65

Intent to adopt, notice given, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.03

Legal effect of adoption, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.635

Notice received, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.27, 2017 259.35

Parenting leave, see PREGNANCY AND PARENTING LEAVE

Payments by, petitions, agency motions and reports, costs, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.22

Prospective adoptive parents, see same under this topic

Reimbursement, nonrecurring expenses, children with special needs, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.73

Social and medical histories for children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.609

Stepparents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.43, 2017 259.53

Termination of parental rights, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.301

Adoptive siblings, defined as family for child care programs, Minn. Statutes 2017 119B.011

Adult adoption, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.21, 2017 259.241, 2017 259.89

Affidavits

Anonymity of parents, disclosure, Indian children, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.34

Birth parents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.39, 2017 259.47, 2017 259.89

Hearings on petition, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.49

Prospective adoptive parents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Temporary preadoptive custody, emergency orders, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Agencies, see Adoption agencies under this topic

Agency audits, Minn. Statutes 2017 245A.04, 2017 259.45

Appeals, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.63, 2017 260C.633

Attorneys, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.65

Authority to place for adoption, agreement, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.25

Availability for adoption, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.317

Background checks and studies

Adoption assistance program, Minn. Statutes 2017 259A.10

Adoption studies, Minn. Statutes 2017 245C.33, 2017 245C.34, 2017 259.41

Adoptive parents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.601

Fees, Minn. Statutes 2017 245C.10

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.20, 2017 259.29, 2017 259.41, 2017 259.57

Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children, Minn. Statutes 2017 260.93

Birth certificates, see Birth records under this topic

Birth parent histories

Agencies, duties, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.83

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.609

Defined as placement activities, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.21

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.43

Prospective adoptive parents, custody motions, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Birth parents

Acknowledgment, agency disclosures, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37

Address, filing with agency, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.27

Affidavits, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47, 2017 259.89

Agreements by, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Communication or contact with adopted child, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.58, 2017 259.59, 2017 260C.619, 2017 260C.635

Consent, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24, 2017 259.89, 2017 260C.629

Counseling, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Death, notice, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.27, 2017 260C.613

Expenses, payment by prospective adoptive parents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.55

Histories, see Birth parent histories under this topic

Information about, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.2252

Lawsuits, agencies, disclosure violations, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37

Legal counsel, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Legal rights, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.635

Notice received, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.74, 2017 259.24, 2017 259.27, 2017 259.47

Payments to, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.55

Placement, preferences, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.29, 2017 259.57

Searches for, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.88

Signatures, agency disclosure statements, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37

Stepparent adoptions, confirmation of adoption, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.61

Terminal illness, notice, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.613

Termination of parental rights, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Waivers, direct adoptive placement, counseling, legal counsel, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Birth records

Adult adoption, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.89

Data, classification, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.225

Disclosure, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.2252, 2017 260C.637

Indians, use for tribal enrollment or membership, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.2252

Original birth records, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.218, 2017 259.89

Replacement birth records, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.218

Change of name, see CHANGE OF NAME

Child custody proceedings, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.20, 2017 518D.103

Child-placing agencies, see Adoption agencies under this topic

Children in need of protection or services

Parental consent, exception, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24

Placement, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.201

Children over age 14, consent to adoption, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24, 2017 260C.629

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 256N.28, 2017 259A.01, 2017 260C.601 to 2017 260C.637

Communication or contact agreements, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.58, 2017 259.59, 2017 260C.619, 2017 260C.635

Confidential or privileged information, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Consent

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.629

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24, 2017 259.25, 2017 259.47

Putative fathers, denial of paternity, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.52

Costs

Adoption studies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.41

Birth parent expenses, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47, 2017 259.55

Children's homes, Minn. Statutes 2017 317A.907

Expense statements, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.55

Fees, see same under this topic

Legal counsel, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Nonrecurring expenses, special needs children, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.73

Payment by prospective adoptive parents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.55

Private child-caring and child-placing agencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 317A.907

Damages, adoption agencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37, 2017 259.45

Data, see Adoption under GOVERNMENT DATA

Decrees

Certified copies, foreign persons, replacement birth records, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.218

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.631

Data, classification, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.218

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.57

Intercountry adoptions, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.60

Definitions

Accident and health insurance, Minn. Statutes 2017 65A.27

Adoptees, see same under this topic

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.603

Custodial trusts, Minn. Statutes 2017 529.01

Disclosure, consent, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.212

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.21, 2017 259.24

Juvenile Court Act, juvenile protection provisions, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.007

Permanency dispositions, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.007

Transfers to minors, Minn. Statutes 2017 527.21

Dependent or neglected children, hearing on petition, notice, service on guardian, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.49

Developmentally disabled persons

Consent, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24

Public guardian or conservator, powers, Minn. Statutes 2017 252A.111

Direct placement adoptions

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Orders, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.45, 2017 259.47, 2017 260.781

Preadoptive placement, human services licensing, Minn. Statutes 2017 245A.03

Reports, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Disabled children

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 259A.01, 2017 260C.601 to 2017 260C.637

Expenses, see Costs under this topic

Special needs, adoption assistance, see ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Disclosure

Adoption agencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.29, 2017 259.37, 2017 259.45

Birth certificate information, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.225, 2017 259.89

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Prospective adoptive parents, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.613

Records, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53, 2017 259.79

Discrimination prohibited, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.613

Effect, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.59

Emotionally disturbed children, consent, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24

Equitable adoption, intestate succession, effect, Minn. Statutes 2017 524.2-122

Ethnic minorities, see Minority children under this topic

Exchange, duties, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.75

Execution, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24

Family reunification services, see FAMILY REUNIFICATION

Fathers' adoption registry, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.21, 2017 259.49, 2017 259.52

Fees

Adoption agencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37, 2017 259.45

Petitions, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.52, 2017 357.021

Grandparent visitation, adopted child, Minn. Statutes 2017 257C.08, 2017 259.78, 2017 518.1752

Grants for, Minn. Statutes 2017 256.01, 2017 259.77

Guardians ad litem

Access to reports on suitability, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Appointment, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.65

Guardians and conservators

Hearing on petition, notice about, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.49

Minor unmarried parents, guardian's consent, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24

Service of process on, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.49

Hearings

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.607, 2017 260C.627 to 2017 260C.631

Confidentiality, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.61

Consent procedures, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Hearings on petition, notice, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.49, 2017 259.53, 2017 260C.627

Home studies, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.212

Indian children

Background checks, adoption studies, Minn. Statutes 2017 245C.34

Best interests of child, placement, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.29, 2017 259.57

Child custody proceedings, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.20

Child's tribe, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.2252, 2017 259.89, 2017 260.761

Consent, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.629

Enrollment in tribe, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.635

Extended family members, identification, social services agencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 260.761

Indian Child Welfare Act, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.0651, 2017 259.57

Intercountry adoptions

Adoptive homes, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.05

Procedures, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.60

Putative fathers, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.52

Interstate adoption compacts, Minn. Statutes 2017 259A.65, 2017 260C.615, 2017 260C.621

Investigations

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Human Services Department, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.03, 2017 257.04

Jurisdiction, juvenile courts, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.23, 2017 260C.101, 2017 260C.621

Juvenile protection proceedings, purpose, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.001

Lawsuits

Adoption agencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37, 2017 259.45

Birth parents, payment violations, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.55

Conciliation courts, no jurisdiction, Minn. Statutes 2017 491A.01

Paternity, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.57

Placement violations, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47, 2017 259.55

Legal counsel, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Legal effect, children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.635

Licenses, see under HUMAN SERVICES

Members of beneficiary's family, Minn. Statutes 2017 529.01

Minority children

Adoption agencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.0651

Indian children, see same under this topic

Ombudsperson for families, see OMBUDSPERSON FOR FAMILIES

Orders

Adoption agencies, audits, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.45

Direct adoptive placement, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Indian children, juvenile court, Minn. Statutes 2017 260.781

Temporary preadoptive custody, emergencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Parent and child relationship, establishment, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.54, 2017 524.2-118

Parenting leave, see PREGNANCY AND PARENTING LEAVE

Parents

Adoptive parents, see same under this topic

Birth parents, see same under this topic

Notice received, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.49

Prospective adoptive parents, see same under this topic

Petitions

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.623, 2017 260C.627 to 2017 260C.633

Contents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.23

Denial, procedures, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.57, 2017 260C.633

Filing, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.22, 2017 259.23, 2017 259.47, 2017 260C.623, 2017 357.021

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Hearings, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.49, 2017 259.53

Intercountry adoptions, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.60

Prospective adoptive parents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Requirements, generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.22

Residence, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.22, 2017 259.23

Surcharges, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.52

Verification, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.23, 2017 259.53

Placement prevention services, see PLACEMENT PREVENTION

Placement

Adoption placement agreements, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.607, 2017 260C.613, 2017 260C.615, 2017 260C.623

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.605 to 2017 260C.607, 2017 260C.613

Definitions, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.21, 2017 260C.603

Local social services agencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 393.07

Petitions, filing, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.22

Preadoptive placement, human services licensing, exclusions, Minn. Statutes 2017 245A.03

Violations and penalties, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47, 2017 259.55

Policy of state

Best interests of child, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.29, 2017 259.57

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.20

Indian children, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.29, 2017 259.57

Religious preference, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.29, 2017 259.57

Positive abortion alternatives, Minn. Statutes 2017 145.4235

Postadoption services, see POSTADOPTION SERVICES

Postplacement assessments, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47, 2017 259.53

Private agencies, see PRIVATE CHILD-CARING AND CHILD-PLACING AGENCIES

Process

Agencies, disclosure, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.601 to 2017 260C.637

Legal requirements, statements, Human Services Department, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37, 2017 259.39

Prospective adoptive parents

Adoption studies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.21, 2017 259.41, 2017 259.47, 2017 260C.611

Agency disclosure statements, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37

Definitions, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.603

Disclosure, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.613

Expense statements, filing, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Names, disclosure, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.41

Payments by

Adoption studies, costs, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.41

Agency costs, motions for orders, reports, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.22

Agency fees, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37

Birth parents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47, 2017 259.55

Direct adoptive placement, legal costs, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Payments to, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.55

Recruitment, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.605

Records and record keeping

Access, Minn. Statutes 2017 144.2252

Birth certificates, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.89

Child placement decisions, adoption agencies, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.31

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.609, 2017 260C.613, 2017 260C.625, 2017 260C.629

Confidentiality, juvenile court records, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.61

Contents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.79

Data, classification, Minn. Statutes 2017 13.10, 2017 259.79

Direct adoptive placement, adoption agencies, duties, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Disclosure, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53, 2017 259.79

Purchase of service records retention, Minn. Statutes 2017 259A.75

Requirements, generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.01, 2017 257.066

Retention, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47, 2017 259.79

Rulemaking, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.066, 2017 259.87

Transfer and storage, costs, surety bonds for, licenses, Minn. Statutes 2017 245A.04

Treatment, generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 13.10

Use, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.79

Recruitment efforts, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.317

Referral services, adoption agencies, disclosure statements, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.37

Reports about

Children, out-of-home placement, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.0725

Children under guardianship of commissioner, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.625

Confidentiality, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Investigations, part of court file, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Safe Place for Newborns adoptions, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.150

Siblings

Human Services Department, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24

Placed together, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.613, 2017 260C.617

Social and medical histories, Minn. Statutes 2017 259A.01, 2017 260C.609

Special laws regarding, Minn. Const. art 12 s 1

Special needs children, adoption assistance program, see ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Standards, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Studies

Defined as placement activities, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.21

Direct adoptive placement, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Filing, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.41, 2017 259.47

Support services, ombudsperson for families, Minn. Statutes 2017 257.0762

Transfers to minors, see TRANSFERS TO MINORS

Venue, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.23, 2017 259.47, 2017 260C.621

Waivers

Birth parents, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Children under guardianship of commissioner, prohibited, Minn. Statutes 2017 260C.605

Generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.22

Hearing on petition, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24, 2017 259.49

Legal counsel, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.47

Preadoption residence, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.53

Witnesses

Consents, generally, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.24

Hearing on petition, waiver of notice, Minn. Statutes 2017 259.49