Bill would allow adoption of younger sibling, aunt or uncle – CBS Boston

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would allow people to adopt a younger brother, sister, uncle or aunt has been approved by the Massachusetts Senate.

Currently, Massachusetts is one of only two states that prohibits kin adoption.

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Proponents of the legislation say it would allow families to stay together and ensure a stable family environment – ​​a necessary element for development as well as physical and emotional health.

State Sen. Joan Lovely, Democrat of Salem and sponsor of the bill, said it would better support Massachusetts residents who love and care for others.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of our vulnerable young people without parents, making relationships and family ties more important than ever,” she said in a written statement.

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The bill would allow adult siblings to adopt their younger siblings, aunts and uncles with permission from county probate courts, sparing young people the added trauma of family separation, Lovely said.

“Our children deserve to be cared for by the people who know and love them, and this bill helps make that a reality,” she added.

The bill is now moving through the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

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