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      RS 14:46.4     


§46.4. Re-homing of a child

            A. Re-homing of a child is any one of the following:

            (1) A transaction, or any action taken to facilitate such transaction, through electronic means or otherwise by a parent or any individual or entity with custody of a child who intends to avoid or divest himself of permanent parental responsibility by placing the child in the physical custody of a nonrelative, without court approval, unless Subsection B of this Section applies. Actions include but are not limited to transferring, recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, soliciting, or obtaining a child for such transaction.

            (2) The selling, transferring, or arranging for the sale or transfer of a minor child to another person or entity for money or any thing of value or to receive such minor child for such payments or thing of value.

            (3) Assisting, aiding, abetting, or conspiring in the commission of any act described in Paragraphs (1) and (2) of this Subsection by any person or entity, regardless of whether money or any thing of value has been promised to or received by the person.

            B. Re-homing does not include:

            (1) Placement of a child with a relative, stepparent, licensed adoption agency, licensed attorney, or the Department of Children and Family Services.

            (2) Placement of a child by a licensed attorney, licensed adoption agency, or the Department of Children and Family Services.

            (3) Temporary placement of a child by parents or custodians for designated short-term periods with a specified intent and time period for return of the child, due to a vacation or a school-sponsored function or activity, or the incarceration, military service, medical treatment, or incapacity of a parent.

            (4) Placement of a child in another state in accordance with the requirements of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.

            (5) Relinquishment of a child pursuant to the provisions of the Safe Haven Law, Children's Code Article 1149 et seq.

            C. Whoever commits the crime of re-homing of a child shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars and shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than five years.

            D. It shall not be a defense to prosecution for a violation of this Section that the person being re-homed is actually a law enforcement officer or peace officer acting within the official scope of his duties.

            E. The provisions of Chapter 1 of Title V of the Louisiana Children's Code regarding the multidisciplinary team approach applicable to children who have been abused or neglected, to the extent practical, shall apply to the children who are victims of the provisions of this Section.

            Acts 2014, No. 721, §2; Acts 2016, No. 80, §1.

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