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An Act Repealing Immunity for Mandatory 51A Reports Acting in Bad Faith

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of representatives in the General Court assembled,and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 51A of Chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting in line 64 after the word "report" the following clause: -- If it was made in good faith, with all policies and procedures, rules and regulations being followed on all levels.


An Act to Protect families from Wrongful Removal

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of representatives in General Court assembled, and the authority of the same, as follows:

Subsection 3 of section 51B of chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking in line 32 the clause "further abuse" and replacing it with the clause: -- Serious physical harm.


An Act to Properly Represent Children in DSS Cases

Section 1. Section 39F of Chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the last sentence.

Section 2. Section 39F of Chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding after the first sentence, the following sentence: --

The child's counsel is to only represent the stated wishes of the child and is to be dismissed if the child or the parent makes such a request to the court verbally or in writing for any reason at the child's interest.


An Act to Protect Children from Abuse in Foster Homes

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives in General Court assembled,and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 22 of Chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking in line 3 the word "year" and replacing it with month, and adding in the same line with documentation of such visits, with no more than a 24 hour notice to said foster homes.


An Act Regarding Parental Rights of Their Children

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives in the General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

Section 39G of Chapter 119 of the General Laws it is hereby amended by inserting before the paragraph: --

At any hearing to determine whether a child is in need of services, the parent shall have full parental rights to accept or refuse services for their child including but not limited in and out of court and shall have a voice in and out of court, whether they have representation or not unless determined, proven to be mentally incompetent in accordance with chapter 123. The Court must take this into account regarding treatment decisions. The Parents disagreement with the department or court regarding a treatment decision shall not be used against them regarding custody decisions.


An Act Relating to Parental Protection Hearings

Be it enacted by the senate and the House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

Section 38 of Chapter 119 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding after to the first sentence commencing with the word "Twenty-one" the following clause: -- Unless a parent requests, so chooses the hearing to be opened to the public.


Bills written and authored by :

Audrey S. Paskell with the help in putting them into bill form by Kevin Hall of CCHR. I say Thank you with all my heart for all of the support I have received with these and much more. Date of actual bill form: January 30, 2002 Last updated: March 9, 2016