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Legislative Wins

An Act relative to expanding access to adoption

This bill removes a ban on adoptions of extended kin, including aunts, uncles, and siblings.

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An Act Relative to Justice, Equity, and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth

The comprehensive police reform bill includes provisions that protect youth from overzealous policing, particularly in schools, and expunges some crimes from youth records, ensuring these do not become a barrier to future employment, housing, and other opportunities. CLM remains active in ongoing state-level work on School Resource Officers and juvenile justice reforms.

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An Act Relative to Children’s Health and Wellness

This law ensures that youth who have aged out of DCF (i.e., former foster youth) will receive MassHealth benefits until they turn 26. Additionally, it requires that these youths are automatically enrolled annually until no longer eligible.

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An Act Relative to Abusive Practices to Change Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Minors “Conversion Therapy Ban”

This law bans gay conversion therapy on minors, making Massachusetts the 16th state to prohibit the medically discredited and controversial practice.

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