By Bob Katzen

Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law 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.

Gov. Baker’s office did not respond to repeated requests from Beacon Hill Roll Call to comment on the new law.

“This will help Massachusetts families stay together and give our youth the opportunity to be cared for by those who know and love them,” said the Senate sponsor of the measure, Sen. Joan Lovely (D-Salem).

“With the governor’s signing of this bill, families are going to now experience permanence and stability previously unobtainable in Massachusetts,” said House sponsor Rep. Jack Lewis (D-Framingham).

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