By Meghan McCann

Nearly 200 bills dealing with mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect have been introduced during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions. Approximately 48 of those have been enacted while 87 are still pending.

These bills address issues related to expanding who is considered a mandatory reporter, what offenses are considered abuse and neglect for purposes of mandatory reporting and training programs for mandatory reporters or for identifying child abuse and neglect.

Research on mandatory reporting including up-to-date legislation is only one of the areas covered by the most recent issue of the the Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter, a monthly publication of NCSL's Child Welfare Project. Each issue features the most recent report and resources regarding child welfare in the states and nationally.

The newsletter also includes a podcast about individual development accounts for foster youth, new information about extending foster care to age 21 and a recent publication regarding well-being in child welfare. Information about upcoming NCSL events, including the 2014 NCSL Legislative Summit coming up in August in Minneapolisesota is also provided.

Check out the most recent issue of the Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter.

You also can view past Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletters.

Meghan McCann is a policy associate with NCSL’s Children and Families Program.

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