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SUPPORTING RELATIVE CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN

Side head shot of young girlDid you know that nearly 3 million American children are cared for by relatives other than their parents? Learn more about supporting relative caregivers in this recent NCSL report.

 

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IT'S ALL RELATIVE

A number of states have enacted legislation to expand support for grandparent and relative caregivers. See NCSL January 2014 State Legislatures Magazine article on supporting relative caregivers, It's All Relative. View legislation 2007-2012

 

 

 

 

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 TITLE IV-E WAIVERS

database imageHHS has the authority to grant up to 30 waiver proposals over a three-period (10 each per FY12, FY13 and FY14) in child welfare funding under Title IV-E. These waivers allow states to use the money received from the federal government for IV-E eligible children in a more flexible manner. The following states have been approved for 2013 waivers: the District of Columbia, HI, ID, MN, NE, NY, RI and TN. There will be one more round of waiver awards in 2014.

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NEW! 2013 ENACTMENTS ONLINE SEARCHABLE DATABASE

Parent and child with teacher NCSL's child welfare enactments database now contains 2013 legislation on adoption, foster care, child protection, child fatality, kinship care, financing, courts, reporting, prevention and more.

 

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CHILD WELFARE NEWSLETTER AND LEGISLATION DATABASE

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

The January, 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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