HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHILD CARE LICENSING REFORM ACT
39-1221. Removal of children. Any child or children receiving child care in a children’s residential care facility or children’s therapeutic outdoor program found to be operating without a license may be removed from such home, agency or institution upon order of the magistrate court of the county in which the child is receiving care and returned to the child’s own home, or placed in the custody of the department if the child’s custodial parent is not available. The prosecuting attorneys of the several counties shall represent the department at all stages of the proceedings before the magistrate court. The magistrate court shall retain jurisdiction relative to child custody pursuant to the provisions of this section. In the event that the prosecuting attorney in the county where the alleged violation occurred fails or refuses to act within sixty (60) days of notification of the violation, the attorney general is authorized to prosecute violations under this chapter.
[39-1221, added 1963, ch. 320, sec. 14, p. 901; am. 1990, ch. 215, sec. 22, p. 578; am. 1990, ch. 214, sec. 4, p. 567; am. 2001, ch. 93, sec. 15, p. 241; am. 2002, ch. 219, sec. 11, p. 604.]