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By Meghan McCann

NCSL’s Children and Families program covers many issues typically grouped under the human services umbrella, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, home visiting, hunger and nutrition, and welfare and poverty.

New Publications from Children and Families

Boy jumpingChild Welfare Placement Continuum:  NCSL’s Child Welfare project has a new Web brief, The Child Welfare Placement Continuum: What’s Best for Children?, which looks at the continuum of foster care placements, taking into consideration the federal law requiring children be placed in the least restrictive, most familylike, setting available.

2015 Enacted Legislation on Early Care & Education: NCSL's Early Care and Education project annually prepares and releases a legislative action report. During the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers introduced nearly 900 bills on the topic of early care and education. Of those, 124 bills have been signed into law in 39 states. Read the full report today.

Child Support Digest, Vol. 3, No. 4: In the final quarterly newsletter of 2015 the Child Support Digest looks at: Child Support and Family Law Legislative Enactments, Responsible Fatherhood Programs, Domestic Violence and Child Support Programs, Incarceration and Child Support, and provides an update on news from across the states. Read the full digest today.

Career Pathways: This Web brief provides information about career pathway programs, specifically Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education and the Health Professions Opportunity Grants.

What’s New Nationally?

2015 Child Maltreatment Report: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released its annual Child Maltreatment Report, which details state-by-state information on the number of children experiencing maltreatment.

For more about the issues covered by NCSL’s Children and Families Program, and for staff contact information, check out the Children and Families Program Profile.

Meghan McCann is a policy specialist with NCSL’s Children and Families Program. She covers child support, child welfare and family law issues.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.