Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 1. Direct Parental Placements

Postplacement Evaluation For Direct Parental Placement Adoption

42-4-113. Postplacement evaluation for direct parental placement adoption. (1) An evaluation must be based on a personal interview with the prospective adoptive parent in the prospective parent's home and an observation of the relationship between the child and the prospective adoptive parent.

(2) An evaluation must be in writing.

(3) At a minimum, the evaluation must include the following information:

(a) assessment of adaptation by the prospective adoptive parent to parenting the child;

(b) assessment of the health and well-being of the child in the prospective adoptive home;

(c) analysis of the level of incorporation by the child into the prospective adoptive parent's home, extended family, and community;

(d) assessment of the level of incorporation of the child's previous history into the prospective adoptive home, such as cultural or ethnic practices, or contact with former foster parents or biological relatives; and

(e) an account of any change in the prospective adoptive parent's marital status or family history, physical or mental health, home environment, property, income, or financial obligations since the filing of the preplacement evaluation.

(4) The evaluation must contain a definite recommendation stating the reasons for or against the proposed adoption.

History: En. Sec. 100, Ch. 480, L. 1997.