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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1645        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 976


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Paul J. Donato


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the financial support of foster childen.






Paul J. Donato

35th Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Anne M. Gobi

5th Worcester

Stephen Stat Smith

28th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Jennifer L. Flanagan


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1645        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 976

By Mr. Donato of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 976) of Paul J. Donato and others relative to financial assistance provided to foster children.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to the financial support of foster childen.


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

              SECTION 1.:- Section 23 of Chapter 119 as appearing in the 2009 Official Edition shall be amended by striking part (h) in it’s entirety and inserting in place thereof the following new section.

              (h) The department shall, provide assistance to foster care families which, within two years of the effective date of this act, shall include maintenance payments at or above the most recent estimated average daily expenditure for a child in the Urban Northeast in the   middle income range as reported by the United States Department of Agriculture.  The department shall periodically review the level of assistance including maintenance payments provided to adoptive and guardianship families and may, subject to appropriation, and consistent with federal law and policy, adjust such assistance as warranted by the financial circumstances of the family, the needs of the child or the rate of inflation.

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