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An adoption hearing shall be held within ninety (90) days of receipt of an adoption petition from the prospective parent(s). The Tribal Court shall conduct the hearing to determine if it is in the best interests of the child to be placed with the petitioners. In determining the best interests of the child, the Tribal Court shall examine:

(A) Validity of written consent;

(B) Modification of parental rights order;

(C) Length of time of the child’s dependency by the Court;

(D) Special conditions of the child;

(E) Parent communication with the child;

(F) Minor’s consent to adoption, if over twelve (12) years of age;

(G) Home studies or other reports, including criminal and child abuse/neglect history checks; and

(H) Order of preference of placement. [Res. 22-R-037, 2/24/2022; Res. 09-R-062 Title 1 § (22)(N), 4/30/2009. Formerly 10.10.880.]