Links to State and Tribal Child Welfare Law and Policy - Massachusetts

Date: May 2021


Website for Statutes:


  • Adoption: part II, title III, chapter 210
  • Child protection: part I, title XVII, chapter 119 (§§ 51A through 51H)
  • Child welfare: part I, title XVII, chapter 119 (§§ 21 through 23, 26, 26C, 29C through 33, 39 through 39M
  • Guardianship: part II, title II, chapter 190B, article V


Website for Administrative Code:


For regulations regarding substitute care, adoption, and guardianship, click on '110 CMR 7.'

Website for Agency Policies:

Other Resources

Massachusetts Rules of Court