The NCSL Blog


By Meghan McCann

DID YOU KNOW: $29.1 billion was spent in FY 2014 on child welfare, including federal, state and local dollars? See NCSL’s Child Welfare Financing 101 for a state-by-state and funding source breakdown.

Kids on couchNCSL’s Children and Families program covers many human services issues, including child support and family law, child welfare, early care and education, welfare and poverty.

Upcoming Events

Integrating Early Childhood Data Webinar: During the webinar hear from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative and Data Quality Campaign about how state legislators and policymakers can support the linkage and use of early childhood and K-12 data to inform policy and improve child outcomes. Register Now!

NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Boston, Aug. 6-9, 2017: Plan to join us Aug. 6-9 in Boston for the annual Legislative Summit. Register and learn more about the specific Human Services sessions, including a look at state strategies to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and ways to support foster parents.

Publications from Children and Families

Early Care and Education Webinar Series: We are pleased to announce the first annual Early Care and Education Policy Webinar Series that will begin in April and run monthly through August. These free webinars are open to all legislators and staff. The webinars are designed to be informative, interactive and address specific early childhood policy issues of interest to legislators.

Parental Rights and Sexual Assault: With thousands of rape-related pregnancies each year, states are seeking to limit the perpetrators' rights to custody and visitation with the child. Approximately 47 states and D.C. have enacted legislation allowing for termination of parental rights or restrictions or prohibitions on custody and visitation. Visit NCSL’s Parental Rights and Sexual Assault page for statute summaries and analysis.

Child Welfare Legislative Policy Network Newsletter, Quarter 2: Check out NCSL's Quarterly Child Welfare newsletter featuring information about reasonable and prudent parenting legislation, the Three Branch Institute, federal funding to combat opioids, child welfare awareness months, child maltreatment in military families, child welfare in early education and news across the states.

What’s New Nationally?

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Health Outcomes: A new report from the Center for the Study of Social Policy, Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences with Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences (HOPE), looks at the impact of positive experiences on child development and overall family well-being.

Meghan McCann is a senior 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.