AN ACT RELATIVE TO CRIMINAL OFFENDER RECORD INFORMATION IN FOSTER CARE PLACEMENTS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 28A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after
section 10 the following section:-
Section 10A. Notwithstanding any general or special law, rule or regulation
to the contrary, no child shall be placed in a foster home prior to the
approval of the home by the office or by any individual or agency licensed
pursuant to section ten by the office, except an emergency placement in a
foster home limited to relatives or long-term friends of the child's family.
Said approval shall include a criminal offender record information check on all
persons eighteen years of age or older residing at the home. In the event of
any emergency placement, a criminal offender record information check shall be
completed on all persons eighteen years of age or older residing at said home
within ten working days of placement.
If the result of any of said checks shows that any occupant of said home
has a criminal record involving violence, abuse, or exploitation against any
person, which bears adversely upon the person's ability to assume and carry out
the responsibilities of a foster parent or poses a serious threat of harm to a
child, the home shall not be approved by the office, no child shall be placed
in said home, and any emergency placement shall be removed forthwith.