2006 New Mexico Statutes - Section 32A-3A-8 — Duty to file a petition.

32A-3A-8. Duty to file a petition.

If any child has remained in voluntary placement for longer than three hundred sixty-five days in any two-year period and the parent, guardian or custodian of the child refuses to or cannot accept the child back into the parent's, guardian's or custodian's custody, the department shall immediately file a petition alleging that the child is a neglected child or that the child's family needs court-ordered family services.

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