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  • The federal government and 12 states have child tax credits. The tax credits are intended to provide financial relief for low-income parents and their children. 
  • Children must have a Social Security number for families to be eligible to receive the tax credit. 
  • A recent report found 28.2 million filers claimed the federal child tax credit in 2017. The average credit per filer was $998. The refundable portion of the tax credit was claimed by 17.5 million filers with an average credit of $1,321. 
  • Beginning in 2018, higher income earners were eligible for the tax credit. The same report cited that every eligible income group received a higher credit amount per return (excluding those earning $1 million and above). 

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Child Welfare Fellows Program

NCSL Child Welfare Fellows program is designed to support legislators and legislative staff who are experienced or emerging leaders in child welfare policy. Fellows will focus on important federal legislation, and find ways they can improve their state's child welfare program.
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