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MANDATORY REPORTING

Side head shot of young girlApproximately 179 bills in 37 states, and the District of Columbia, have been introduced, pending, are carryover or have failed in the 2014 legislative session on the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. Thirty bills have been enacted.

 

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UPDATE ON PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION

http://guardianlv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/psychotropic.pngLearn more about psychotropic medication and its use for the treatment of behavioral and mental health problems of children and youth in foster care. 

 

 

 

 

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WHAT'S NEW IN CHILD WELFARE

Young Child being Held and SmilingCheck out the latest reports, legislation and more. Includes mandatory reporting laws, Erin's laws, differential response, Indian child welfare and the education of children in foster care. See two new NCSL reports: Teen Pregnancy Among Youth in Foster Care and Individual Development Accounts for Foster Youth.

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EDUCATIONAL AND MEDICAL CONSENT LAWS

 

http://74.208.101.55/sites/2UMedical/assets/media/images/book-and-stethoscope.JPGThis page contains a table with an overview of states with educational consent laws, medical consent laws, or both.

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LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENTS 2005-2013

Parent and child with teacherState legislative enactments from 2005 – 2013 related to congregate care and residential treatment or group home placement of children in foster care.

 

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NEWSLETTER AND LEGISLATIVE DATABASE

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The March, 2014 Child Welfare Newsletter is ready for review. Check out our monthly Newsletter featuring state news, trends and resources. Also, see our Legislative Enactments Database.

 

 

OVERVIEW | CHILD WELFARE

Child Welfare is a critical state responsibility and includes protecting children from abuse and neglect, and ensuring that children have safe, stable, and permanent living situations. States and the federal government spend about $25 billion every year on child welfare services.  State legislators play a major role in funding, structuring, and overseeing child welfare systems and enacting more than 300 child welfare bills every year. NCSL tracks legislation and provides legislators and legislative staff research and technical assistance on foster care, adoption, child maltreatment, kinship care and more. NCSL's Washington, D.C. staff track and analyze federal legislation and policy for the full range of human services issues and represents state legislatures before Congress and the Administration.

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