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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1354         FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 107

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bradford Hill

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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 Department of Children and Families.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1354        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 107

By Mr. Hill of Ipswich, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 107) of Bradford Hill and Shaunna O'Connell for legislation to direct the Inspector General to conduct an investigation of the Department of Children and Families relative to appropriate levels of care for children.  Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to the Department of Children and Families.
 

              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. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary the Inspector General shall conduct an investigation of the Department of Children and Families to ensure that all children who interact in any way with the Department, or for whom it may be appropriate to interact with the Department, are receiving the appropriate level of care and attention. The focus of said investigation shall include, but not be limited to, the Department’s compliance with the letter and spirit of Chapter 176 of the Acts of 2008, An Act to Protect Children in the Care of the Commonwealth, as well as the ability under Chapter 176 and other laws of persons with an interest in the well-being of the child to petition both the Department and to the courts to adjust the child’s custody status.

              The Inspector General shall report the results of this investigation, along with legislative recommendations, if any, to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities not later than December 31, 2014, and shall prominently post such results on the Inspector General’s official website.

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