Section 1: On or before July 1, 2017 the department shall promulgate revise regulations regarding the implementation of the provisions of Chapter 119 Section 29D and Chapter 210, Section 3 (b) to specify that notice of of all proceedings and hearings pertaining to the status of the subject child shall be provided to a foster parent, pre-adoptive parent or relative providing care for the child in writing at least ten days prior to said hearing or proceeding to inform the foster parent, pre-adoptive parent or relative of the time and place of the hearing and his right to attend the hearing and to be heard. Said regulations shall allow for the submission of oral or written testimony of the foster parent, pre-adoptive parent or relative providing care for the child addressing the needs, status, development and best interests of the child in his or her care, to be submitted under pains and penalties of perjury, and shall further provide for guidance in preparation of such written and sworn testimony.
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