To the editor:
Based on the Division of Kids and Households, there are 1,100 kids awaiting adoption in our foster care system.
Massachusetts is certainly one of solely two states that doesn’t enable for siblings to undertake different siblings within the foster care system.
The present regulation in Massachusetts prohibits adoption of siblings whatever the siblings age, stability, and monetary scenario. Presently, the regulation solely permits for siblings to achieve guardianship of their siblings. What guardianship lacks is the permanency of adoption — the protections and security of a everlasting residence. That’s the reason “An Act Increasing Entry to Adoptions” is essential laws.
The Kids’s League of Massachusetts experiences that kids in kinship care have equal, if not higher, long-term well being, education and employment outcomes versus kids raised by non-relative foster mother and father. Sibling adoption can enable for kids to keep up wholesome household connections, proactively avoiding kids from being shuffled round to quite a few foster residence placements.
By enacting this laws, we are able to work to offer everlasting, secure housing with household to a few of our foster youth awaiting adoption.
You may assist kids within the foster care system discover everlasting placement with household by calling your native consultant and urge them to vote for the passing of An Act Increasing Entry to Adoptions.