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Minnesota Chippewa Tribe - Leech Lake Band - Tribal Code


Title 3. Child and Family Protection
3-20. Placement Preferences

LLOjibwe JCT3 CFC § 3-20
3-20. Placement Preferences

A. Least Restrictive Setting

If a child cannot be returned home, the child shall be placed in the least restrictive setting which most approximates a family and in which has special needs, if any, may be met. The child shall also be placed within reasonable proximity to his home, taking into account any special needs of the child. The placement restrictions set forth in Chapter 3-10 of this Code shall be followed.

B. Order of Preferences

Whenever appropriate, a child shall be placed in a home with the following characteristics, which shall be given preference in the following order:

1. Members of the extended family.

2. An Indian family of the same Band or tribe as the child.

3. People who have a nurturing relationship with the child, but who are not related to the child.

4. An Indian family.

5. Any other family which can provide a suitable home for such a child.

6. A foster home licensed or approved by the Band.

C. Extended Family Conference.

The Court shall have discretion in making a determination for placement of a child to seek the advice and council of the extended family members of the child. If the Court uses this option it shall appoint a facilitator for an extended family conference.

Notice of the conference shall be served by mail on known extended family members of the child. The notice shall specify the purpose of the conference, the date, time and place of the conference and the name of the facilitator.

The extended family members attending the conference shall be informed of the nature of the reasons for removal of the child and the expected length of time the removal will be continued. The extended family members attending the conference shall make recommendations to the Court regarding an appropriate placement for the child. The recommendations shall be reduced to writing by the facilitator and submitted to the Court. In making a placement determination the Court shall give substantial weight to the recommendations of the extended family.

Resolution No. 03-62, presented and acted upon on December 23, 2002.

Leech Lake Ojibwe Jud. Code, T. 3, Child & Fam. Protect. Code § 3-20, LLOjibwe JCT3 CFC § 3-20


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