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FOSTER CARE BILL OF RIGHTS

young girl smelling a flowerChildren's Bill of Rights have been enacted in 14 states and Foster Parent Bill of Rights have been enacted in 17 states. View the statutes providing for Foster Children's Bill of Rights, Foster Parent's Bill of Rights, the Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard, as well as 2014 legislation.

 

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THREE BRANCH INSTITUTE

Three girls standing togetherThe Three Branch Institute on Child Social and Emotional Well-Being is a partnership between NCSL, the National Governors Association, Casey Family Programs, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The 2014 Three Branch Institute annual meeting was held June 30-July 2, 2014, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Learn more about the meeting and evolution of the Three Branch Institute.

 

 

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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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CHILD WELFARE OCT. 2014 NEWSLETTER

Six kids laying aroundNCSL's Child Welfare Project monthly newsletter featuring information on new federal legislation impacting child welfare, foster care bill of rights, urban American Indian Families, outcomes of Hispanic children and more.

 

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EXTENDING FOSTER CARE BEYOND 18

Young people Young peopleLegislation from 2009 through 2014 that extends foster care beyond age 18 under the Fostering Connections Act of 2008, or otherwise extends services to older youth in foster care. RECENTLY UPDATED with information on cost avoidance and implementation challenges using a study of the implementation of the California Fostering Connections act.

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NEWSLETTER AND LEGISLATIVE DATABASE

News signNCSL brings you up to date, real-time information about federal and state child welfare policy developments.

Check out our monthly Newsletters featuring state news, trends and resources.

Also, see our Legislative Enactments Database, current through 2013.

 

 

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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  • Extending Foster Care Beyond 18

    Legislation from 2009 through 2014 about the extension of foster care to age 18, including independent living services and reentry as well as information on the fostering connections to success act and cost avoidance and implementation challenges.

  • 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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