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2014 ENACTED LEGISLATION

Kids holding thumbs upLegislators continue to grapple with issues related to child support and family law in the 2014 legislative session. So far, 56 bills and resolutions have been enacted in 27 states. Check out the new 2014 Child Support and Family Law Legislative Enactments page for summaries of the legislation that has been enacted (so far!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION 2014 LEGISLATIVE ACTION

young boy leaning on a fenceDuring the 2014 legislative session, legislators were busy with policy issues related to young children. In total 111 bills were enacted or adopted into law in 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES LINK

Young girl smelling a flowerThe the Health and Human Services Programs at NCSL distribute a monthly newletter. Read the December 2014 edition today, which includes the following topics: Preventing Sex Trafficking, Ensuring Quality in Health Insurance Marketplaces, Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2014, Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter, plus much more.


 

 

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SEXUAL ASSAULT AND PARENTAL RIGHTS

GavelWith thousands of rape-related pregnancies each year, states are seeking to limit the perpetrators' rights to custody and visitation with the child. So far, 26 states and D.C. have enacted legislation allowing for termination of parental rights or restrictions or prohibitions on custody and visitation. Click "more" below to see statute summaries and analysis. You may also read a recent blog post Limiting the Parental Rights of Sexual Assault Perpetrators.

 

 

 

 

 

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OVERVIEW | HUMAN SERVICES

What happens to children—especially in their early years—echoes over the long haul across a broad range of social policy areas. How children fare today will be felt in all parts of society--in schools, the economy, health, welfare and criminal justice systems. In addition, polls suggest that voters are dissatisfied over governmental responses to the needs of children and families. To address these concerns and help legislators support families in their communities, NCSL tracks state and federal policies and programs in three key areas:  early childhood care and education, welfare and poverty, and child welfare. In addition, we offer resources on child support, marriage, domestic violence and family law. The human services federal affairs staff represents state legislatures on the full range of federal human service issues in Washington, D.C.

NCSL staff can provide comprehensive, thorough, timely and in-depth information on critical human service policy issues. Staff working on human services includes the Children and Families Program in Denver and the human services federal affairs staff in Washington, D.C. We provide services to legislators and staff working to improve state policies affecting children and their families.

STANDING COMMITTEE

The Health and Human Services Committee is one of eight NCSL Standing Committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff to learn about and share information regarding programs and initiatives in other states. In particular, this committee has jurisdiction over state federal health and humans services programs, legislation, regulations and policies.

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  • Early Care and Education 2014 Legislative Action

    NCSL's Early Care and Education (ECE) project annually prepares and releases a legislative action report. The 2014 edition includes information reviewing the 2014 legislative session. This year 111 bills have been enacted or adopted in 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

  • Foster Care Bill of Rights

    Foster parent bill of rights, foster children bill of rights and the reasonable and prudent parenting standard are discussed along with how to provide the most normal life for children in foster care.

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