M.S.A. § 259.20
Minnesota Statutes Annotated Currentness
Public Welfare and Related Activities (Ch. 245-267)
Chapter 259. Change of Name, Adoption (Refs & Annos)
Adoption

259.20. Policy

Subdivision 1. Policy and purpose. The policy of the state of Minnesota and the purpose of sections 259.20 to 259.69 is to ensure:

(1) that the best interests of adopted persons are met in the planning and granting of adoptions; and

(2) that laws and practices governing adoption recognize the diversity of Minnesota's population and the diverse needs of persons affected by adoption.

Subd. 2. Other applicable law. (a) Portions of chapters 245A, 245C, 257, 260, and 317A may also affect the adoption of a particular child.

(b) Provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act, United States Code, title 25, chapter 21, sections 1901-1923, may also apply in the adoption of an Indian child, and may preempt specific provisions of this chapter.

(c) Consistent with section 245C.33 and Public Law 109-248, a completed background study is required before the approval of any foster or adoptive placement in a related or an unrelated home.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1994, c. 631, § 7. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 631, § 31; Laws 1997, c. 177, § 4; Laws 2003, c. 15, art. 1, § 33; Laws 2007, c. 147, art. 3, § 24, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2008, c. 361, art. 6, § 1, eff. Aug. 1, 2008.

HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES

2007 Main Volume

Laws 1994, c. 631, § 31, par.(c), instructed the revisor of statutes to renumber chapter 259 in order to eliminate seven-digit section numbers and make more room for future sections. The revisor was also instructed to correct all cross-references to reflect the new section numbers in chapter 259.

Laws 1997, c. 177, § 4, in subd. 2, added the provision that the Indian Child Welfare Act may apply in the adoption of an Indian child, and may preempt specific provisions of this chapter.

Laws 2003, c. 15, art. 1, § 33, par. (a), directed the revisor of statutes to correct internal cross-references to sections that are now part of chapter 245C.

2010 Electronic Update                                                          

2007 Legislation

Laws 2007, c. 147, art. 3, § 24, in subd. 2, inserted paragraph designations for pars. (a) and (b), and added par. (c), relating to completion of a background study before approval of placement.

2008 Legislation

Laws 2008, c. 361, art. 6, § 1, in subd. 2, in par. (a), substituted "adopted persons" for "children".

M. S. A. § 259.20, MN ST § 259.20

Current with laws of the 2010 Regular and First Special
                 Sessions effective through June 30, 2010                      

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