2006 New Mexico Statutes - Section 32A-3A-7 — Voluntary placement; time limitation.

32A-3A-7. Voluntary placement; time limitation.

A.     No child shall remain in voluntary placement for longer than one hundred eighty consecutive days or for more than one hundred eighty days in any calendar year; provided that a child may remain in voluntary placement up to an additional one hundred eighty consecutive days upon order of the court after the filing of a petition by the department for extension of voluntary placement, a hearing and a finding that additional voluntary placement is in the best interests of the child.

B.     In no event shall a child remain in voluntary placement for a period in excess of three hundred sixty-five days in any two-year period.

C.     Any placement described in this section shall not be considered abandonment by a parent, guardian or custodian or other family member.

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