This bill removes a ban on adoptions of extended kin, including aunts, uncles, and siblings.
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.
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.
This law bans gay conversion therapy on minors, making Massachusetts the 16th state to prohibit the medically discredited and controversial practice.