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      CHC 1037.1     


Art. 1037.1.  Continuing contact with biological relatives

A.  Subsequent to a termination of parental rights judgment when custody is granted to the department, the court may order continuing contact between the child and the parent, sibling, or other biological relative.  The court may grant such an order only after it makes finding of fact that continuing contact is in the best interest of the child.  The court may receive expert testimony on the issue of  continuing contact.

B.  Any order for continuing contact shall remain in effect until the order is modified in accordance with Paragraph C of this Article, or the final decree of adoption is rendered.

C.  Any order of continuing contact remains modifiable and shall be reviewed in the subsequent hearings required by Chapter 10 of this Title.

Acts 1997, No. 256, §1; Acts 2001, No. 567, §1.

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