Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 2. Requirements of Prospective Adoptive Parents

Contents Of Preplacement Evaluation

42-3-204. Contents of preplacement evaluation. (1) The preplacement evaluation report must contain the following information if available:

(a) age and date of birth, nationality, racial or ethnic background, and any religious affiliation;

(b) marital status and family history, including the age and location of any child of the individual and the identity of and relationship to anyone else living in the individual's household;

(c) physical and mental health and any history of abuse of alcohol or drugs;

(d) educational and employment history and any special skills;

(e) property and income, including outstanding financial obligations as indicated in a current credit report or financial statement furnished by the individual;

(f) any previous request for an evaluation or involvement in an adoptive placement and the outcome of the evaluation or placement;

(g) whether the individual has been charged with or convicted of domestic violence or has been involved in a substantiated charge of child abuse or neglect or elder abuse or neglect and the disposition of the charges;

(h) whether the individual is subject to a court order restricting the individual's right to custody or visitation with a child;

(i) whether the individual has been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic violation;

(j) whether the individual has located a parent interested in placing a child with the individual for adoption and, if so, a brief description of the parent and the child; and

(k) any other fact or circumstance that may be relevant in determining whether the individual is suited to be an adoptive parent, including the quality of the environment in the individual's home and the functioning of other children in the individual's household.

(2) The report must contain recommendations regarding the suitability of the subject of the study to be an adoptive parent.

(3) A preplacement evaluation is valid for 1 year following its date of completion and must be updated if there is a significant change in circumstances.

(4) Prior to accepting physical custody of a child for purposes of adoption, a prospective adoptive parent must have the preplacement evaluation completed by the evaluator, and the evaluation must specifically address the appropriateness of placing the specifically identified child or children who will be the subject of the adoption proceedings with the prospective adoptive parent.

History: En. Sec. 86, Ch. 480, L. 1997.