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2014 CHILD WELFARE LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENTS

During the 2014 legislative session, NCSL identified at least 294 child welfare-related bills enacted in approximately 45 states. Check out a summary of the legislation and view a printable PDF version!

 

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PREVENTING SEX TRAFFICKING AND STRENGTHENING FAMILIES ACT OF 2014

U.S. Capitol DomeOn September 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 into law. The Act requires some important changes to state child welfare law. NCSL's Child Welfare Project has provided a short summary of the Act in addition to a longer, printable version for your convenience, just click "MORE" below!

 

 

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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 APRIL 2015 NEWSLETTER

Three kids running across fieldNCSL's latest Child Welfare newsletter featuring information on 2014 Enacted Legislation, disproportionality in child welfare, housing and foster care, supporting adoptive families and more.

 

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NCSL's INDIAN CHILD WELFARE RESOURCES

six kids laying on the floorNCSL tracks legislation and news related to the Indian Child Welfare Act. Click MORE below to see the most recently update resources, including recent legislation.

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NEWSLETTER AND DATABASE

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

What's New in Child Welfare provides a clearinghouse of resources.

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

Also, see our Legislative Enactments Database, current through 2014.

 

 

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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    The risks that early adversity pose for later mental and physical health; an overview of the Indian Child Welfare Act; and, recent developments in states related to Indian children and families involved in foster care.

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