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Massachusetts Senate OK’s bill to protect adopted children

November 5, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has passed legislation to address the unregulated practice of exchanging an adopted child — also known as “re-homing.”

Re-homing occurs when adoptive parents who believe they can no longer care for the child posts an ad on the Internet to pass the child on to another parent or family without any government oversight.

Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, a Leominster Democrat, called the practice a dark reality of international adoption.

The bill was approved Thursday. It establishes oversight for families who can no longer care for adopted children to ensure they’re safely moved to another family under government regulation and through legal avenues.

The bill includes penalties for parents who unlawfully place a child permanently in a new home.

The measure heads to the Massachusetts House.

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