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Minnesota Consent to Adoption Law

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Consent to Adoption
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Minnesota

Who May Adopt

Statute:
259.24 subd. 1, 2
The child's parents or guardian.
If there is no qualified parent or guardian, consent may be given by a commissioner.

If the unmarried parent is under age 18, the consent of the minor's parent or guardian is required.


Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required

Statute:
259.24 subd. 3
A child 14 years or older must consent to the adoption.


When Parental Consent is not Needed

Statute:
259.24 subd. 1
Parent has:
Abandoned the child.
Had parental rights terminated.
Lost custody through a court proceeding.


When Consent Can Be Executed

Statute:
259.24 subd. 2a
Consent may be executed no sooner than 72 hours after child's birth and no later than 60 days after child's placement in prospective adoptive home.


How Consent Must Be Executed

Statute:
259.24 subd. 5
Written consent:
Must executed before 2 witnesses.
Contain withdrawal provisions.
Contain notice that if child is not adopted the parent may be required to support the child.


Revocation of Consent

Statute:
259.24 subd.6a; 259.47 subd. 7
Consent may be withdrawn for any reason within 10 working days.
After 10 days, it becomes irrevocable unless there is fraud.
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