Purpose of Care & Protection Law

Purpose of Care & Protection Law
Purpose of Care and Protection Law
The Massachusetts Care and Protection statute is designed to insure that the children of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are protected against the harmful effects resulting from the absence, inability, inadequacy or destructive behavior of parents and to

assure good substitute parental care in the event of the absence, temporary or permanent inability or unfitness of parents to provide care and protection for their children. G.L. c. 119, §1. As such, the Juvenile Court’s primary objective in hearing care and protection cases is to determine whether a child is in need of care and protection and, if so, to enter an appropriate order for the care and custody of the child. Care and Protection of Benjamin, 403 Mass. 24, 25 (1988).


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