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Title 15, Chapter 11, Section 103 (15-11-103)

(a)(1) If, upon the entering of an order terminating the parental rights of a parent, there is no parent having parental rights, the court shall first attempt to place the child with a person related to the child by blood or marriage or with a member of the child's extended family. A thorough search for a suitable family member shall be made by the court and the Department of Human Resources in attempting to effect this placement. A placement effected under this paragraph shall be conditioned upon the family member who is given permanent custody or who is granted an adoption of the child agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions of the order of the court. A placement shall be made under the terms of this paragraph only if such a placement is in the best interest of the child.

(2) If no placement of the child is effected under paragraph (1) of this subsection, the court may make any of the following dispositions: commit the child to the custody of the Department of Human Resources or to a licensed child-placing agency willing to accept custody for the purpose of placing the child for adoption or, in the absence of an adoption, in a foster home, or take other suitable measures for the care and welfare of the child.

(b) The court shall transmit a copy of every final order terminating the parental rights of a parent to the Division of Family and Children Services Adoption Unit of the Department of Human Resources within 15 days of the filing of such order.

(c) The custodian has authority to consent to the adoption of the child, the child's marriage, the child's enlistment in the armed forces of the United States, and surgical and other medical treatment for the child.

(d) If a petition seeking the adoption of the child is not filed within one year after the date of the disposition order, the court shall then, and at least yearly thereafter as long as the child remains unadopted, review the circumstances of the child to determine what efforts have been made to assure that the child will be adopted. The court may then enter such orders as it deems necessary to further the adoption, including but not limited to another placement.

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