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COME TO THE 2014 SUMMIT

2014 Legislative Summit logoThe NCSL Legislative Summit is in Minneapolis, Minnesota this year on August 19-22.  Come for the many sessions on issues every state is facing.  Come enjoy the sessions, the city, and your colleagues from other states. Register now!

 

 

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EDUCATIONAL AND MEDICAL CONSENT LAWS

Side head shot of young girlMany states have enacted educational consent and/or medical consent laws that allow kinship caregivers to enroll children in school and make other educational and health decisions on their behalf, with their parents’ consent and without having to obtain legal custody. View this table for information about each state.

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CHILD SUPPORT 101

Two hands holdingFeeling a little lost when it comes to child support? Do you know how state child support programs are run? Do you want to know the full process behind child support enforcement? NCSL's Child Support Project has created the Child Support 101 series to help get you started. From state functions to child support enforcement, the Child Support Project has you covered.
 

 

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DEFINING MARRIAGE

New Development: Federal judge rules Michigan same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The decision is pending appeal.

State legislatures have been deeply involved in the public debates about how to define marriage and whether the official recognition of “marriage” should be limited to relationships involving one man and one woman or that same-sex couples should also be entitled to “marriage.

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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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