Links to State and Tribal Child Welfare Law and Policy - Minnesota

Date: May 2021


Website for Statutes:


  • Adoption: chapters 259; 259A; 260C (§§ 260C.601 through 260C.637)
  • Child protection: chapter 260E (§§ 260E.01 through 260E.38)
  • Child welfare: chapter 260C (§§ 260C.139, 260C.193 through 260C.223, 260C.301 through 260C.317, 260C.329, 260C.503 through 260C.521, 260C.702 through 260C.714)
  • Guardianship: chapter 260C (§§ 260C.325, 260C.328)
  • Youth services: chapter 260C (§§ 260C.225 through 260C.229, 260C.451, 260C.452)
  • Indian child welfare: chapter 260 (§§ 260.751 through 260.835); § 260E.18


Website for Administrative Code:


See chapters 2960, 9543, 9545, 9560.

Website for Agency Policies:

Other Resources

Indian Child Welfare Act/Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act Manual, Minnesota Department of Human Services (2022)

Minnesota Court Rules

Minnesota Judges' Juvenile Protection Benchbook

Tribal codes available online:

  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Tribal Codes, select 'Administration' tab, then click on 'Court Codes'
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Band Statutes 
  • Prairie Island Indian Community, Ordinances, select Judicial Code Title 3: Domestic Relations