(House Bill 1133)
An Act to provide that the cost of a home study required for an adoption is the responsibility of the Department of Social Services.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. That § 25-6-9.1 be AMENDED:
not 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.
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
child who is in the custody of the Department of Social Services may
be placed in a
home for adoption until a fingerprint
The cost of a home study required under this section is the responsibility of the Department of Social Services. The necessary funding must be budgeted and expended through the general appropriations act, pursuant to chapter 4-7. The Department shall make rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 to establish a cap on the cost to be reimbursed.
Any person who violates
provisions of this
section is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Signed March 18, 2022
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