Chapter 119 Section 29D of the General Laws shall be amended by striking out the text in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following: “The department shall provide written notice of all proceedings and hearings pertaining to the subject child to a foster parent, pre-adoptive parent or relative providing care for the child who is the subject of the petition at least ten days prior to said hearing or proceeding and shall inform the foster parent, pre-adoptive parent or relative of his right to attend the hearing and to be heard. Said foster parent, pre-adoptive parent or relative providing care for the child shall have the right to present evidence at said proceedings and hearings either orally or by submitting to the Court and the parties a written statement, executed under pains and penalties of perjury, addressing the needs, strengths, behavior and development of the child in his or her care. Nothing in this provision shall be construed to provide that such foster parent, pre-adoptive parent or relative shall be made a party to the proceeding.”
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