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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION 2013-2014

NCSL's Child Support and Family Law Project tracks legislation related to domestic violence. In 2013-2014 approximately 26 states enacted nearly 60 bills related to domestic violence arrest procedures and sentencing, victim's rights, protective orders and education.

Also view NCSL's Blog spotlighting October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
 

 

 

 

 

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CHILD WELFARE OCTOBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

Three adolescent female teens standing with arms foldedNCSL's Child Welfare Project monthly newsletter featuring information on new federal legislation, health coverage for foster children, foster care bill of rights and more.

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NCSL'S FORUM AND MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES

2014 Forum logo with US Capitol Building Come to the NCSL Forum in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9-12, 2014 to help craft the States’ Agenda and learn the latest on important state-federal issues.


 

 

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EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION STATE BUDGET ACTIONS FY 2014

Nurse visiting with a mother and babyIn May 2014, NCSL surveyed 20 state legislative fiscal offices on their FY 2014-15 state appropriations for various early care and education programs (child care, prekindergarten, home visiting and other related programs). Preliminary findings are available now, the full report will be available October 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

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OVERVIEW | HUMAN SERVICES

What happens to children -- especially in their early years--echoes over the long haul across a broad range of social policy areas. How children fare today will be felt in all parts of society--in schools, the economy, health, welfare and criminal justice systems. In addition, polls suggest that voters are dissatisfied over governmental responses to the needs of children and families. To address these concerns and help legislators support families in their communities, NCSL tracks state and federal policies and programs in three key areas:  early childhood care and education, welfare and poverty, and child welfare. In addition, we offer resources on child support, marriage, domestic violence and family law. The human services federal affairs staff represents state legislatures on the full range of federal human service issues in Washington, D.C.

NCSL staff can provide comprehensive, thorough, timely and in-depth information on critical human service policy issues. Staff working on human services includes the Children and Families Program in Denver and the human services federal affairs staff in Washington, D.C. We provide services to legislators and staff working to improve state policies affecting children and their families.

STANDING COMMITTEE

The Health and Human Services Committee is one of eight NCSL Standing Committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff to learn about and share information regarding programs and initiatives in other states. In particular, this committee has jurisdiction over state federal health and humans services programs, legislation, regulations and policies.

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Fall Forum 2014
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FEATURED

  • 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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