The NCSL Blog


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

Kids on swingEarly Care and Education Winter Quarterly E-Update:  In this quarterly installment you can learn about NCSL publications, the 2016 legislative session so far, our Early Learning Fellows Program in 2016, and about the Child Care and Development Block Grant reauthorization. Also read about license-exempt child care, an overview of child care in the states, information about our Technical Assistance and more. As always the E-update includes numerous resources from others in the field. Read the full newsletter.

2014 Child Support and Family Law Enacted Legislation: During the 2015 legislative session, 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico enacted more than 160 bills addressing various issues dealing with child support and family law. From enforcement to administration, custody and visitation to child support guidelines. Read a summary of this legislation and links to individual bill summaries, organized by state and topic.

Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter, January/February 2016: NCSL's latest Child Welfare newsletter features information on NCSL's new Child Welfare Placement Continuum and Child Welfare Financing 101 publications, the latest reports from the Children's Bureau, information on promoting protective factors in child welfare and homeless youth in Maine, as well as news from across the country. Read more.

Child Support and Incarceration: States are doing a great deal to address the intersection of the child support and criminal justice systems in order to improve child support compliance and encourage continuing and ongoing child support payments following incarceration. NCSL's latest report explores the two paths where these systems cross and the state programs operating to address these issues. Read more.

What’s New Nationally?

On Feb. 1, 2016, the Children’s Bureau released its annual Child Welfare Outcomes Report to Congress, looking at 2010-2013. The report details 50-state caseload information and outcome measures such as timeliness to reunification and permanency.

Secure Parental Employment: Child Trends released a report based on information from its DataBank about secure parental employment and the importance for and impact on children.

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.