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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, welfare and poverty.

NCSL’s Legislative Summit

Kids on swingNCSL's Legislative Summit  is the biggest and best gathering of legislators and legislative staff in the country! Join NCSL in Chicago, Aug. 8 – 11, for a chance to exchange ideas, hear fresh perspectives and develop solutions to pressing issues.

NCSL's Children and Families Program has planned several sessions focusing on everything from foster care to child support, poverty to opioids.

A session on improving outcomes for children and youth in foster care begins at 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, followed at 3:15 p.m. by a session on pay for success and other innovated financing options for human services programs.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation hosts its annual Kids Count Breakfast at 7 a.m. Wednesday, where they will discuss the recently released Kids Count data book. Following the breakfast, there will be a Deep Dive on bipartisan approaches to reducing poverty, highlighting the recent report published by the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution. At 2:45 p.m. Wednesday we will host an issue forum on the intersection between child support and parenting time.

Given the recent opioid crisis, and the immeasurable impact on children and families, we are co-hosting a Deep Dive session, Rx for America’s Opioid Addiction, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, which will look at the issue from the health, human services, and criminal justice perspectives.

All of the human services sessions at Summit (for more detailed information on these and other sessions, consult the Summit sessions page):

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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