MAKE ADOPTION BY FAMILY MEMBERS EASIER

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that would repeal a current law which prohibits adoption of children by family members including older siblings, aunts and uncles.

The proposal would allow these family members, with the permission of the county probate courts, to legally adopt their family members. Current law only allows these family members to apply to become a guardian.

“I am grateful that the Legislature enacted this vital legislation,” said the Senate sponsor of the measure Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem). “This bill helps Massachusetts families stay together and gives our youth the opportunity to be cared for by those who know and love them … I look forward to favorable review by the governor.”

“This change to current adoption laws will provide greater permanency and support to many children and families in our commonwealth,” said House sponsor Rep. Jack Lewis.

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