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.
State legislatures are responsible for oversight of child welfare systems that involve thousands of children and families throughout the nation. This report aims to assist legislators and legislative staff in their efforts to craft policy for those children and families by highlighting significant child welfare-related legislation enacted during the 2009 calendar year.
The legislation described here reflects emerging issues and key legislative trends related to child welfare. The report also includes new laws that address important issues in the child welfare field or institute substantial changes in child welfare practice or administration. The report is not intended to be an exhaustive compilation of all new state child welfare laws. Further, inclusion of the enactments herein should not be construed to mean that such laws represent “best practice” or are in accord with federal law.
During 2009, state legislatures paid particular attention to enacting provisions of the new federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. States also worked to improve oversight, courts, child protection and the education of children in care.
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