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Child Support and Parenting Time for Unmarried Parents

Children are entitled to financial and emotional support from both parents regardless of whether they are married.

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Highly Anticipated Fifth Class of Early Learning Fellows Program Kicks Off

The NCSL Early Learning Fellows program is at it again.

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Child Support Collections Up, Caseload Down in 2015

In 2015, states collected $32.4 billion dollars on behalf of 15.9 million children served by the child support enforcement programs across the country.

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May Is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to celebrate those who support and care for the nation’s 415,000 youth in foster care, including family members, foster families, policymakers, child welfare professionals and other members of the community dedicated to finding permanency and lifelong connections for our most vulnerable population.

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What's New From Children and Families?

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.

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April’s Spotlight Is on Preventing Child Maltreatment

The number of children experiencing abuse and neglect has increased steadily since 2011. Child maltreatment includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.

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State Legislatures Magazine: Putting Books Before Babies

The U.S. teen birth rate is on a two-decade decline, hitting a historic low in 2014—about 24 births per 1,000 girls ages 15-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The decrease of 9 percent from 2013 included all racial and ethnic groups.

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What's New in April from Children and Families Program?

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.

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State Legislatures Magazine: States Battle Opioid Addiction

In this month’s cover story, “Overdosed on Opioids,”  State Legislatures magazine examines the state-level impact of the opioid epidemic, which now kills more people annually than motor vehicle crashes.

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NCSL Staff Takes Field Trip to View 'Tools of the Mind'

On a windy Tuesday morning in March five NCSL staffers traveled to Molholm Elementary School in the Denver suburb of Lakewood to meet with Elena Bodrova and Deborah Leong and view a few prekindergarten and kindergarten, classrooms currently utilizing the Tools of the Mind curriculum.

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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.