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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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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 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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SUPPORTS FOR OLDER YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE

Young peopleIn addition to extending foster care beyond age 18, many states have enacted legislation designed to support older youth in foster care; from education, behavioral health and reentry into foster care to preventing identity theft and homelessness and easing the transition out of care. Click more below to view summaries of this legislation.

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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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  • Health Oversight for Children and Youth in Foster Care

    States have been active in their oversight of health care services to foster youth by addressing issues such as access to medical, dental, vision care, behavioral and mental health services and information sharing to management of psychotropic medications and reporting instances of substance abused newborns.

  • 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.

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