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FOSTER CARE BILL OF RIGHTS

Boy jumpingChildren'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 NOV. 2014 NEWSLETTER

young boy leaning against fenceNCSL's Child Welfare Project monthly newsletter featuring information on new federal legislation impacting child welfare, Title IV-E waivers, new data reports and the connection between child support and child welfare.

 

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ERIN'S LAW LEGISLATION UPDATE

Little girl smelling flowerApproximately 21 states and Guam have enacted Erin's Law legislation, including 8 states in 2014. Click MORE below to view summaries of the legislation and to learn more about Erin's Law.

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NEWSLETTER AND LEGISLATIVE DATABASE

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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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  • 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.

  • Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Erin's Law

    Erin's Law" is named after Erin Merry, a woman and activist who was sexually abused as a child. Erin is from Illinois and her advocacy in her home state led to the passage of a similar law there in 2011. After going public about abuse by a family member, Merryn made it her mission to try to ensure that children have the age-appropriate education to recognize and talk about sexual abuse.

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