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Title XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

Chapter 210

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  210.305.  Grandparent or relative placement preferred in emergency placements — definitions — diligent efforts search, when. — 1.  When an initial emergency placement of a child is deemed necessary, the children's division shall immediately begin a diligent search to locate, contact, and place the child with a grandparent or grandparents or a relative or relatives of the child, subject to subsection 3 of section 210.565 regarding preference of placement, except when the children's division determines that placement with a grandparent or grandparents or a relative or relatives is not in the best interest of the child and subject to the provisions of section 210.482 regarding background checks for emergency placements. If emergency placement of a child with grandparents or relatives is deemed not to be in the best interest of the child, the children's division shall document in writing the reason for denial and shall have just cause to deny the emergency placement.  The children's division shall continue the search for other relatives until the division locates the relatives of the child for placement or the court excuses further search.  Prior to placement of the child in any emergency placement, the division shall assure that the child's physical needs are met.

  2.  For purposes of this section, the following terms shall mean:

  (1)  "Diligent search", an exhaustive effort to identify and locate the grandparents or relatives whose identity or location is unknown;

  (2)  "Emergency placement", those limited instances when the children's division is placing for an initial placement a child in the home of private individuals, including neighbors, friends, or relatives, as a result of a sudden unavailability of the child's primary caretaker.

  3.  A diligent search shall be made to locate, contact, and notify the grandparent or grandparents of the child within three hours from the time the emergency placement is deemed necessary for the child.  During such three-hour time period, the child may be placed in an emergency placement.  If a grandparent or grandparents of the child cannot be located within the three-hour period, the child may be temporarily placed in emergency placement; except that, after the emergency placement is deemed necessary, the children's division shall continue a diligent search to contact, locate, and place the child with a grandparent or grandparents, or other relatives, with first consideration given to a grandparent for placement, subject to subsection 3 of section 210.565 regarding preference of placement.

  4.  A diligent search shall be made to locate, contact, and notify the relative or relatives of the child within thirty days from the time the emergency placement is deemed necessary for the child.  The children's division shall continue the search for the relative or relatives until the division locates the relative or relatives of the child for placement or the court excuses further search.  The children's division, or an entity under contract with the division, shall use all sources of information, including any known parent or relative, to attempt to locate an appropriate relative as placement.

  5.  Search progress under subsection 3 or 4 of this section shall be reported at each court hearing until the grandparents or relatives are either located or the court excuses further search.

  6.  Nothing in this section shall be construed or interpreted to interfere with or supersede laws related to parental rights or judicial authority.

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(L. 2009 H.B. 154, A.L. 2022 S.B. 683)


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