AN ACT RELATIVE TO COMPLYING WITH THE FEDERAL SAFE AND TIMELY PLACEMENT OF FOSTER CHILDREN ACT OF 2006 AND THE CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2006.
Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to expand forthwith the placement options for children, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
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 29B of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the second paragraph and inserting in place thereof the following paragraph:-
If a child is not to be returned to his parents, the permanency plan shall consider in-state and out-of-state placement options. In the case of a child placed in foster care outside the state in which the home of the parents of the child is located, the permanency plan shall also address whether the out-of-state placement continues to be appropriate and in the best interests of the child. In the case of a child who has attained age 16, the permanency plan shall also address the services needed to assist the child in making the transition from foster care to independent living; and provided further, that the court shall consult with the child in an age-appropriate manner about the permanency plans developed for the child.
SECTION 2. Said section 29B of said chapter 119, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 37, the words “the provisions set forth in” and inserting after the word “plan”, in line 39, the following words:- including, if appropriate, through an interstate placement, and to complete whatever steps are necessary to finalize the permanent placement of the child.