Children and Families
Preventing Child Abuse: Requires the investigation of alleged child abuse or neglect of children age 2 or younger. This early intervention could help reduce the number of infant fatalities in the Commonwealth. Last year, children younger than two counted for nearly half of all child fatalities.
Supporting Disabled Children: Conner’s Law allows the court to order child support payments for adult children with severe disabilities.
Minimizing Seclusion and Restraint in Public Schools: Requires the Board of Education to adopt regulations on the use of seclusion and restraint in public elementary and secondary schools. The Washington Post editorial board endorsed the bill, calling it “grounded in common sense.”
Improving Oversight of Child Care Homes: Licensure of family day homes now requires that the children of a family day home provider and any children who reside in the family day home where care is provided shall be included in determining the number of children receiving care for the purpose of licensure. Child Care Homes and Centers must now advise parents if they are unlicensed.
Ensuring Success for Foster Care Kids: The Fostering Futures program enables youth aged 18-21 who have aged out of the foster care system to continue with their education, job training or employment opportunities. These kids already face greater obstacles than their peers, and fewer than 3% of them will graduate from a four-year college.