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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.

Child Tax Credit Overview

The federal government and twelve states offer child tax credits to enhance the economic security of families with children, particularly those in lower- to middle-income brackets.

Family First Prevention Services Act

Included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (HR 1892) in 2018 was the Family First Prevention Services Act, which has the potential to dramatically change child welfare systems across the country.

Housing, Child Care Workers and Adoption Emerge as Priorities

Housing and child care, two essential ingredients for thriving families and communities, have been hot topics in recent years and continue to get hotter. Adoption, on the other hand, was a sleeper issue until it broke through following the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Now more legislators are reconsidering adoption laws in their states.

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Early Childhood Bill Tracking Database

The Early Childhood database tracks and updates early childhood, care and learning legislation from 2019 through 2022 legislative sessions for 50 states and the territories.