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See link for MO. child placement guidelines for the child welfare manual: https://dss.mo.gov/cd/info/cwmanual/section4/ch4/sec4ch4sub2.htm
Yes, child services MUST notify all grandparents and give preference to place the children with the grandparents. "Section 210.305, RSMo, requires the Division to give preference and first consideration for foster care placement to grandparents of a child. The Children’s Division must conduct an immediate diligent search to contact, locate, and place with grandparents once the decision has been made to take custody during the first three (3) hours after placement. The statute requires staff to place with grandparents unless the decision to place with grandparents is contrary to the welfare of the child. The statute also requires staff to continue to make diligent efforts, while the child is in care, to contact, locate, and place the child with a grandparent or another relative, with first consideration given to a grandparent for placement. To make emergency placements with relatives or kin, follow the Purpose Code “X”screening process outlined in Section 4 Chapter 12.3.
If the child is not placed with grandparents, the Children’s Service Worker must document in the case narrative and on the child’s CS-1 why the child was not placed with grandparents."
So the child should be placed with the grandparents and be able to adopt the children and move them if the parents sign off on the adoption.
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