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25-6-9.1Home study report required--Criminal record check and central registry screening to be included--Violation as misdemeanor.

No person may place a child in a home for adoption until a home study has been completed by a licensed child placement agency as defined in § 26-6-14, the Department of Social Services, or a certified social worker eligible to engage in private independent practice as defined in § 36-26-17. Any person who submitted home studies under this section or under § 26-4-15 prior to July 1, 1990, may continue to submit home study reports without meeting the above requirements. A home study shall include a fingerprint based criminal record check completed by the Division of Criminal Investigation and a central registry screening completed by the Department of Social Services. In addition, no child who is in the custody of the Department of Social Services may be placed in a home for adoption until a fingerprint based criminal record check has been completed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for each adopting parent. Any person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Source: SL 1986, ch 214, §§ 2, 3; SL 1990, ch 185, § 1; SL 1992, ch 180, § 1; SL 2002, ch 116, § 2; SL 2003, ch 145, § 1; SL 2007, ch 156, § 1; SL 2008, ch 130, § 1.

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