Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 210
Child Protection and Reformation

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Rsmo Number Section Description
Chapter Cross Reference
Abuse, child protection orders, 455.500 to 455.538
Abuse of children, conviction and on release requirement to register, penalty (Megan's Law), 589.400 to 589.426
Adoption of children, procedure, Chap. 453
Adoptions, record disclosures to adopted child procedure, duties, 453.121
Adoptive parent, employee of state or political subdivision to be granted leave without pay, when, 105.271
Aid to dependent children, provisions governing eligibility, Chap. 208
All license, permit and certificate applications shall contain the Social Security number of the applicant, 324.024
Applicability of sections 210.822 and 210.834 to certain sections in chapter 454, 454.999
April designated as child abuse prevention month, 9.173
Blue ribbon, official state symbol for child abuse prevention, 10.185
Child day care centers, smoking or use of tobacco prohibited when children are present, penalty, 191.776
Child victim witness protection law, 491.675 to 491.710
Children's trust fund, contributions from refunds procedure, individual taxpayers and corporations, 143.1000
Cigarettes and tobacco products, sale or distribution to minors prohibited, 407.924 to 407.934
Compulsory school attendance, powers and duties of attendance officer, 167.071
County superintendent of public welfare, county commission may appoint in certain counties, powers and duties, 205.850 to 205.950
Delinquent and neglected children--juvenile courts, Chap. 211
Dissolution of marriage cases, certain courts may establish educational sessions program for parties and children when custody or support involved, 452.600 to 452.610
Early childhood development, education and care program, funding, 313.835
Educational programs for juveniles placed or detained in county facilities, first class counties, charter form, 178.295 to 178.298
Family courts, Chap. 487
Family support division and children's division, powers and duties, Chap. 207
Grandparents' visitation rights, one parent deceased and child adopted, how adjudicated, procedure, 452.402
Head Start programs, 660.650 to 660.657
Office of child advocate, 37.700 to 37.730
Protective orders, child abuse, 455.500 to 455.538
Putative father registry, 192.016
Refunds, income tax designation of amount to children's trust fund, department's duties, 143.1000
Schools and school buses, smoking and tobacco use indoor areas prohibited, penalty, 191.775
Seat belts required for children four or more and less than sixteen years, 307.178
Smoking and tobacco products prohibited in indoor areas, schools and school buses, permitted where, 191.775
Stepparent required to support stepchild, right to recover, 453.400
Support obligation, deduction from unemployment compensation, 288.380
Supreme court rules amended by legislation in regard to juvenile courts, See SUPREME COURT RULES, LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS, preceding Missouri Constitution
Surrogate parents appointed for certain handicapped children by state board of education, 162.997
Video cassettes, morbid violence display to be separate, sale or rental to children under age seventeen, penalty, 573.090
Witnesses, child victim, protection law, 491.675 to 491.693
Youth opportunities and violence prevention act tax credits, 135.460
   
GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR CHILD PROTECTION
210.001. Department of social services to meet needs of homeless, dependent and neglected children--only certain regional child assessment centers funded.
210.003. Immunizations of children required, when, exceptions--duties of administrator, report--notification of parents, when.
210.004. Law enforcement agencies, record of custody of child.
210.025. Criminal background checks, persons receiving state or federal funds for child care, procedure--rulemaking authority.
210.027. Direct payment recipients, child care providers--department's duties.
210.030. Blood tests of pregnant women.
210.040. Blood test results--confidential.
210.050. Reporting required.
210.060. Noncompliance a misdemeanor--penalty.
210.070. Prophylactic eyedrops at birth--report.
210.080. Report of infant eye inflammation, by whom.
210.090. Health officer to furnish copy of law to midwife--secretary of state to print same.
210.100. Violation a misdemeanor.
210.101. Children's services commission established, members, qualifications--meetings open to public, notice--rules--staff--ex officio members.
210.102. Service commission's powers and duties--coordinating board for early childhood established, members, powers.
210.103. Children's services commission fund created, purpose--investment--not subject to general revenue transfer.
210.105. Missouri task force on prematurity and infant mortality created--members, officers, expenses--duties--report--expiration date.
210.106. Failure to use passenger restraint system not to be basis for civil actions--evidence inadmissible.
   
CHILD ABUSE
Cross Reference

Child victim witness protection law, 491.675 to 491.710 *** Protective orders, 455.500 to 455.538 *** Registration on conviction and release, failure to comply, penalty (Megan's Law), 589.400 to 589.426 *** Spanking by schools not child abuse, exception, abuse charges, procedure, 160.261 ***

210.108. Dominic James Memorial Foster Care Reform Act, statutes involved.
210.109. Child protection system established by children's division, duties, records, investigations or assessments and services--central registry maintained.
210.110. Definitions.
210.112. Children's services providers and agencies, contracting with, requirements--task force created--reports to general assembly--rulemaking authority.
210.113. Accreditation goal, when to be achieved.
210.114. Qualified immunity for private contractor, when--exceptions.
210.115. Reports of abuse, neglect, and under age eighteen deaths--persons required to report--supervisors and administrators not to impede reporting--deaths required to be reported to the division or child fatality review panel, when--report made to another state, when.
210.117. Child not reunited with parents or placed in a home, when.
210.118. Court finding of abuse by preponderance of evidence, responsible party to be listed in registry--procedure.
210.120. Medical institution staff members, duties of.
210.122. Voluntary placement agreements, children in state custody solely in need of mental health treatment--rulemaking authority.
210.125. Protective custody of child, who may take, reports required--temporary protective custody defined.
210.127. Diligent search for biological parents required, when.
210.130. Oral reports, when and where made--contents of reports.
210.135. Immunity from liability granted to reporting person or institution, when--exception--preliminary evaluation required, when.
210.140. Privileged communication not recognized, exception.
210.145. Telephone hotline for reports on child abuse--division duties, protocols, law enforcement contacted immediately, investigation conducted, when, exception--chief investigator named--family support team meetings, who may attend--reporter's right to receive information--admissibility of reports in custody cases.
210.146. Evaluation by SAFE CARE provider required, when--referral to juvenile officer, when.
210.147. Confidentiality of family support team meetings, exceptions--form developed for core commitments made at meetings.
210.148. Juveniles with problem sexual behavior reports, procedure--definition--rulemaking authority.
210.150. Confidentiality of reports and records, exceptions--violations, penalty.
210.152. Reports of abuse or neglect--division to retain certain information--confidential, released only to authorized persons--report removal, when--notice of agency's determination to retain or remove, sent when--case reopened, when--administrative review of determination--de novo judicial review.
210.153. Child abuse and neglect review board, established, members, duties, records, rules.
210.154. Missouri task force on the prevention of infant abuse and neglect created, members, report.
210.155. Division to provide programs and information--division to continuously inform persons required to report and public as to toll-free telephones available for abuse reports.
210.160. Guardian ad litem, how appointed--when--fee--volunteer advocates may be appointed to assist guardian--training program.
210.165. Penalty for violation.
210.166. Medical neglect of child, who may bring action--procedure.
210.167. Report to school district on violations of compulsory school attendance law--referral by school district to prosecutor, when.
210.170. Children's trust fund board created--members, appointment--qualifications--terms--vacancies--removal procedure--staff--expenses--office of administration, duties.
210.171. Definitions.
210.172. Powers and duties of board.
210.173. Trust fund established--investment--disbursement, limitation, exception--exempt from transfer to general revenue.
210.174. (Transferred 2004; now 143.1000)
210.180. Division employees to be trained.
210.183. Alleged perpetrator to be provided written description of investigation process.
210.187. Child abuse and neglect services and funding, task force on children's justice to make recommendations and award grant moneys.
210.188. Report to general assembly and governor, contents.
   
CHILD FATALITY REVIEW PANEL
Cross Reference

Abuse and neglect records maintained by division of family services, panel to have access, 210.150 *** Child fatality review panel, coroner's duties, 58.452 *** Child fatality review panel, medical examiner's duties, 58.722 ***

210.192. Child fatality review panel to investigate deaths--qualifications--prosecutors and circuit attorneys to organize--report on investigations--immunity from civil liability--program for prevention.
210.194. Panels, coroners and medical examiners--rules authorized for protocol and identifying suspicious deaths, procedure.
210.195. State technical assistance team, duties--regional coordinators, appointment, duties--state child fatality review panel, appointment, duties, findings and recommendations, content.
210.196. Hospitals and physicians, rules authorized for protocol and identifying suspicious deaths--child death pathologist, qualification, certification--rules, procedure--records, disclosure.
   
LICENSING OF CERTAIN CHILD CARE HOMES
Cross Reference

Children's health insurance program, providers to provide information on, 208.658 *** Unsafe children's products, child care facilities, disposal of, inspections, 210.1007 ***

210.199. Licensure through the department of health and senior services required for receipt of certain education funds.
210.201. Definitions.
210.203. Complaints against child care facilities, open records to be kept by department.
210.211. License required--exceptions--disclosure of licensure status, when.
210.215. Access to child and care providers during normal hours--exception court orders restricting access.
210.221. Licenses to be issued by department of health and senior services--duty to fix standards and make investigations--rule variance granted when, procedure.
210.223. Safe sleep policy to be maintained, purpose--alternatives, written instructions required--definitions--training--rulemaking authority.
210.231. Department of health and senior services may delegate powers.
210.241. Judicial review.
210.245. Violations, penalties--prosecutor may file suit to oversee or prevent operation of day care center--attorney general may seek injunction, when.
210.251. State and federal funds to be made available to centers to upgrade standards.
210.252. Fire, safety, health and sanitation inspections, procedure--variances to rules granted when--rules authorized.
210.254. Religious organization operating facilities exempt under licensing laws required to file parental notice of responsibility and fire, safety inspections annually.
210.255. Religious organizations operating facility in violation, procedure--noncompliance after notice, prosecutor may act or attorney general.
210.256. Violations, penalties--injunction, procedure.
210.257. Rules, procedure to adopt.
210.258. Religious organizations operating facility, no interference permitted with curriculum, personnel or selection of children--discipline policies, explanation required for parent.
210.259. Nonreligious organization's agreement for child-care facility on property of religious organization not deemed to be exclusive control by religious organization.
   
CHILD CARE PROVIDED ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
210.275. Child care provided on elementary and secondary school property must comply with child-care licensure provisions.
   
NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
210.278. Exempt from licensure, when.
   
GRANDPARENT PLACEMENT
210.305. Grandparent placement preferred in emergency placements--definitions--diligent efforts required, when.
   
DETENTION FACILITIES IN FIRST CLASS COUNTIES
210.320. Regulation of detention facility--taxation of cigarettes to support, rate--discount for wholesaler--refunds--failing to affix stamps or pay tax, penalty--possession of unstamped cigarettes, prima facie evidence cigarettes intended for sale, exception--seizure of property, when, procedure--rules, procedure--violation of a misdemeanor--budget (certain first class counties).
   
HOMES FOR CHILDREN--FOSTER HOMES--CHILD PLACING AGENCIES--LICENSING
Cross Reference

Unsafe children's products, child care facilities, disposal of, inspections, 210.1007 ***

210.481. Definitions.
210.482. Background checks for emergency placements, requirements, exceptions--cost, paid by whom.
210.484. Residential care facilities license required.
210.485. Civil liability, for-profit child-placing agency or residential care facility, when--state exemption.
210.486. License required, applicants to be investigated--provisional license, when--periods of validity.
210.487. Background checks for foster families, requirements--costs, paid by whom--rulemaking authority.
210.491. Investigation of certain facilities by the division, when--injunctive relief, when.
210.496. Refusal to issue, suspension or revocation of licenses--grounds.
210.498. Access to records on the suspension or revocation of a foster home license--procedure for release of information.
210.501. Application for licensure, form, contents.
210.506. Rules, procedure--promulgation, persons to be consulted.
210.511. Division to assist applicants in meeting license requirements and establishing certain programs, how.
210.516. Exceptions to license requirement--division may not require documentation.
210.518. Departments' duties, classification of services to children--interagency meetings for coordination of services.
210.521. Assistance for division in licensure of foster homes.
210.526. Grievance procedure for decisions of division, requirements--judicial review authorized.
210.531. Violations or false statements, penalty.
210.535. Foster care and adoption assistance under federal Social Security Act, amendments to plan and waivers to be submitted.
210.536. Cost of foster care, how paid--failure of parent to pay required amount, court orders against assets, collection procedure.
210.537. County foster parent associations may be established, duties of division.
210.539. State health insurance, foster parents may purchase, when.
210.542. Training and standards for foster parents to be provided, when--evaluation of foster parents.
210.543. Specialized foster parents, training, fiscal incentives.
210.545. Respite care facilities for foster families--rules and regulations--procedure.
210.551. Grievance procedure for decisions of division to be developed with cooperation of foster parents group.
210.560. Money held by others for benefit of a child, definitions, liability to the state for funds expended for child, when--money held by division for a child, accounting, deposit of funds, annual statement, disposal of funds--escheat, when.
210.565. Relatives of child shall be given foster home placement, when--relative, defined--order of preference--specific findings required, when--sibling placement--age of relative not a factor, when--federal requirements to be followed for placement of Native American children--waiver of certain standards, when--GAL to ascertain child's wishes, when.
210.566. Foster parents' bill of rights.
   
JUVENILE BOOT CAMPS, CERTAIN COUNTIES
210.568. Juvenile offender regimented discipline program, certain counties--commitments, manner--vote required to establish program, ballot.
   
INTERSTATE COMPACT ON JUVENILES
210.570. Text of compact.
210.580. Compact binding, when.
210.590. Courts and agencies to cooperate to promote purposes of compact.
   
FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION BOARD
210.617. Missouri state foster care and adoption board created, duties, members, expenses, meetings--written annual report, when.
   
INTERSTATE COMPACT ON CHILD PLACEMENT
210.620. Compact enacted, text of compact.
210.620. Compact enacted, text of compact.
210.622. Emergency placement of abused or neglected children across state lines, approval required, when.
210.622. Emergency placement of abused or neglected children across state lines, approval required, when
210.625. Financial responsibility for child, how fixed.
210.625. Financial responsibility for child, how fixed.
210.630. (Repealed L. 2007 S.B. 84 § A)
210.630. Definitions--governor's appointment of administrator authorized.
210.635. Placement authority of courts, retention of jurisdiction.
210.635. Placement authority of courts, retention of jurisdiction.
210.640. Placements from nonparty states, procedure for.
210.640. Placements from nonparty states, procedure for.
210.650. Contingent effective date.
   
CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE
210.660. Definitions
210.665. Designated caregiver, court and parties to defer to reasonable decisions of--onsite caregiver to be designated by division--training--immunity from liability, when.
210.670. Case plans, foster children fourteen and over to be consulted--copy of rights provided to foster child--documents provided to child upon leaving foster care.
210.675. Permanency plan of another planned permanent living arrangement, prohibited for foster children under sixteen--findings required at hearing for such plan.
210.680. Rulemaking authority.
   
COURT REVIEW OF CHILD PLACED WITH AGENCY OR FOSTER CARE
210.700. (Repealed L. 2007 S.B. 84 § A)
210.700. Definitions
210.710. Child committed to care of authorized agency--written report of status required for court review, when--dispositional hearing, when, purpose--child not returned home, when.
210.720. Court-ordered custody--written report of status required for court review, when--permanency hearing when, purpose.
210.730. Court to have continuing jurisdiction for certain proceedings--duties to review children under continued foster care, when--goals.
210.760. Placement in foster care--division's duties--removal of children from school, restrictions.
210.761. Right to testify at foster care hearings, qualifications, limitation.
210.762. Family support team meetings to be held, when--who may attend--form to be used.
210.764. Certain case records available for review by parents or guardians.
   
FOSTER PARENT PARTICIPATION IN COURT HEARINGS
210.790. Foster parent standing for court proceedings.
   
UNIFORM PARENTAGE ACT
Cross Reference

Putative father registry, department of health and senior services, 192.016 *** Voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, 193.087 *** (2003) Uniform Parentage Act is not the exclusive means of proving paternity in wrongful death action, but its evidentiary requirements provide means of such proof. LeSage v. Dirt Cheap Cigarettes and Beer, 102 S.W.3d 1 (Mo.banc). ***

210.817. Definitions.
210.818. Relationship not dependent on marriage.
210.819. Parent and child relationship, how established.
210.822. Presumption of paternity--rebuttal of presumption, standard of proof.
210.823. Acknowledgment of paternity is considered a legal finding of paternity--rescinding the acknowledgment.
210.824. Artificial insemination, consent required, duties of physician, effect of physician's failure to comply with law--inspection of records permitted, when.
210.826. Determination of father and child relationship, who may bring action, when action may be brought.
210.828. Statute of limitations, exception--notification form required, when.
210.829. Jurisdiction, venue, severance--effect of failure to join action for necessaries.
210.830. Parties--guardian ad litem, when appointed.
210.832. Pretrial proceedings, informal hearing before master--testimony of party may be compelled, when--physician testimony not privileged, when--bond required when, amount--temporary support order issued, when.
210.834. Blood tests--expert defined.
210.836. Evidence relating to paternity.
210.838. Pretrial recommendation--actions, effect of party's refusal to accept.
210.839. Civil action, procedure--admissibility of evidence, parties--default judgment may be entered, when.
210.841. Judgment or order, contents--amount of support, presumption.
210.842. Costs.
210.843. Enforcement of judgment or order--payments to be made to circuit clerk or family support payment center--failure to comply, civil contempt.
210.844. Applicability of certain statutes.
210.845. Modification of decree, when--procedure, burden.
210.846. Hearings and records, confidentiality--inspection allowed, when.
210.847. Grandparents liable for support payments for grandchildren, when--amount of support, relevant factors.
210.848. Action to declare mother and child relationship.
210.849. Birth records.
210.850. Uniformity of application and construction.
210.851. Citation of law.
210.852. Application to actions commenced prior to effective date.
210.853. Parenting plan in paternity actions.
210.854. Paternity and support, setting aside of judgment, criteria--division to track cases.
   
COMMUNITY SERVICES CHILDREN'S FUND
210.860. Tax levy, amount, purposes--ballot--deposit of funds in special community children's services fund.
210.861. Board of directors, term, expenses, organization--powers--funds, expenditure, purpose, restrictions.
   
COORDINATED INFORMATION SYSTEM, TRACKING OF INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN
210.865. Information system, tracking of children by court and by certain state departments--information to be confidential, when.
   
JUVENILE INFORMATION GOVERNANCE COMMISSION
210.870. Juvenile information governance commission created, members, duties, meetings, annual report.
   
INCARCERATED PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN
210.875. Children's services commission study, purpose.
210.877. Courts and agencies to provide information.
   
FAMILY CARE SAFETY REGISTRY
210.900. Definitions.
210.903. Family care safety registry and access line established, contents.
210.906. Registration form, contents--violation, penalty--fees--voluntary registration permitted, when.
210.909. Department duties--information included in registry, when--registrant notification.
210.912. Right to appeal, procedure.
210.915. Departmental collaboration on registry information--rulemaking authority.
210.918. Toll-free telephone service maintained for access to information.
210.921. Release of registry information, when--limitations of disclosure--immunity from liability, when.
210.922. Use of registry information by certain departments, when.
210.924. Rulemaking authority.
210.927. Annual report, when, contents.
210.933. Registration qualifies as compliance with other background check requirements, elder-care workers, when.
210.936. Registry information deemed public record.
   
SAFE PLACE FOR NEWBORNS
Cross Reference

Schools, instruction on safe place for newborns act, requirements, 170.312. ***

210.950. Safe place for newborns act--definitions--procedure--immunity from liability.
   
UNSAFE CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS
210.1007. List of children's products to be furnished to all child-care facilities by department--disposal of unsafe products--inspections by department--rulemaking authority.
   
AMBER ALERT SYSTEM
210.1012. Amber alert system created--department to develop system regions--false report, penalty.
210.1014. Amber alert system oversight committee created, duties, members, compensation--rulemaking authority.
   
EDUCATION FOR FOSTER CHILDREN
210.1050. Full school day defined--foster child entitled to full school day of education--commissioner of education to be ombudsman.

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