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State legislatures are responsible for crafting, funding and overseeing state child welfare systems that serve thousands of children and families throughout the United States. This report is intended to assist legislators and state child welfare agencies in those efforts by highlighting significant child welfare-related legislation enacted during the 2007 and 2008 calendar years.
During 2007 and 2008, state legislatures paid particular attention to enhancing court capacity to serve abused and neglected children, addressing child fatality review, improving state foster care systems, ensuring better educational outcomes for children in foster care, assisting relative caregivers and helping youth transition from foster care.
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