Read about the outlook for state fiscal conditions, the effect of the drop in gas prices on states, the ethics of gifts, the debate over motorcycle helmets and state efforts to support home caregivers.Read a rundown on the top public policy issues facing state lawmakers in 2015, state-private sector partnerships for infrastructure, e-cigarettes and taxes and dealing with cuts to mental health programs.
NCSL can help state child welfare systems develop ways to safely reduce the number of children in foster care. We can make presentations, informal briefings, and testimony before committees and hearings; offer written research and analyses; or conduct informal conference calls with state child welfare administrators, legislators and legislative staff in other states to discuss their experiences with child welfare reform.
During this session, NCSL identified 296 child welfare-related bills enacted in 44 states. Visit the website.
These included the following topic areas:
Teens in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to become pregnant by age 19 than their peers not in the system. Read the November 2013 LegisBrief, "Teen Pregnancy Among Youth in Foster Care," by Megan Comlossy to learn more about teen pregnancy among youth in foster care. Read the LegisBrief
“Individual Development Account (IDA)” are programs that are one tool for current and former foster youth to learn money management skills and to build assets to successfully move forward in life.
Read about Individual Development Accounts for Foster Youth
The number of children suffering abuse and maltreatment (confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect) has dropped nationwide for the sixth consecutive year. The national data was reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Read the Child Welfare 2012 report
It includes the following statistics:
Child Abuse Reports
Child Abuse Alleged Perpetrators
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