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 The Latest from Children and Families

NCSL’s Children and Families Program hosted sessions at Legislative Summit, covering a range of issues, from early brain development and foster care, to two-generation strategies and childhood trauma.

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As High-Profile Deaths Stir Discussion, CDC Outlines Rising Suicide Rates and Prevention Strategies

The recent high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain reignited discussions on the state of America’s health.

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The Latest From Children and Families

NCSL’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.

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Update on House Opioid Legislation

The House is considering more than 50 bills aimed at addressing the opioid crisis. Over two weeks, the House will vote on individual bills and several larger legislative packages, some with bipartisan support and some that are likely to be contentious.

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Technical Assistance: It Could Happen to You in Your State

Did you know NCSL staff will travel to your state to provide committee testimony or to convene a stakeholder meeting?

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Supreme Court Revocation-on-Divorce Ruling to Affect Majority of States

In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court held 8-1 that applying Minnesota’s revocation-on-divorce statute to a life insurance beneficiary designation made before the statute’s enactment does not violate the Constitution’s Contracts Clause.

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What's New From Children and Families?

DID YOU KNOW: A 10 percent increase in the overdose death rate corresponds with a 4.5 percent increase in foster care placement rates, and a 10 percent increase in the drug hospitalization rate corresponds with a 3.3 percent increase in foster care placement rates.

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House Committee Passes JOBS Act

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee passed, along party lines,  H.R. 5861, the Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act.

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Early Learning Fellows Program 2018 Update

The first meeting of the 2018 Early Learning Fellows program is right around the corner. The new cohort—the seventh—includes 30 legislators and five legislative staff and represents 23 states.

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Early Care and Education Spring Quarter 2018 Update

This e-update features a list of recent NCSL resources, including a podcast featuring economist Art Rolnick explaining how investing in early childhood can pay off in big ways, an archived webinar about opioids and early adversity and much more.

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About the NCSL Blog

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.