Human Services


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Preschool Expulsions

In the March/April edition of State Legislatures magazine NCSL explores and discusses concern about the long-term effects of suspensions and expulsions. Did you know that preschoolers are expelled at three times the rate of K-12 students? Read more.


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Child Support Digest

NCSL's quarterly newsletter featuring information enacted legislation, behavioral interventions for child support services and effectiveness of child support enforcement tools.


Human Services


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What's New From Children and Families

Our March blog highlights new webpages and newsletters. Shares some archived and upcoming webinars and lists resrouces of note.


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Supporting Foster Parents

This page contains information for state legislators about how they can become involved in helping find more foster parents for the more than 437,000 U.S. children and youth in foster care, a situation exacerbated by the opioid and substance abuse crisis.


Health and Human Services

One of eight NCSL standing committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff, this committee covers state federal health and humans services programs, legislation, regulations and policies.


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Human Services Legislation

The human services area has the following databases available: Child Support and Family Law Legislation Database, Child Welfare 2017 Legislative Enactments Database and Early Care and Education Legislation Database.