Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements - Minnesota

Date: July 2020

Use of Advertisement

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Use of Intermediaries/Facilitators

Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 259.21; 259.47; 259.55, Subd. 3

It is unlawful for a person, other than the commissioner of human services or an agency, knowingly to engage in placement activities without being licensed by the commissioner, except for the placement of a child by a birth parent or legal guardian in a preadoptive home. Placement activities include the following:

  • Placement
  • Arranging or providing short-term foster care pending an adoptive placement
  • Facilitating placement by maintaining a list in any form of birth parents or prospective adoptive parents
  • Collecting health and social histories of a birth family
  • Conducting an adoption study
  • Witnessing consents to an adoption

It is unlawful for any person to give money or anything of value to the birth parent of a child if the person is engaged or has engaged in any placement activity in connection with the adoption of the child.