Child Welfare Enacted Legislation



The database on this page allows you to search 2012-2019 enacted child welfare legislation in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico by state, topic, keyword, status and/or primary author.

Topics include adoption, child fatality/near fatality, child protection, child sex trafficking, courts and legal representation, disproportionality, education of children in foster care, foster care, funding of child welfare services, health and mental/behavioral health of children involved in the child welfare system, infant abandonment and safe surrender, kinship care, oversight, administration and interagency collaboration, prevention of child abuse and neglect, reporting of child abuse and neglect, services for older youth in foster care, siblings, termination of parental rights, tribal issues, and workforce.

See NCSL's summaries of enacted child welfare legislation from 2012-2016:

Bills may appear twice in carryover states. In these states, please check the last date of action to ensure the status of the bill reflects the appropriate year.

Database last updated January 4, 2020.

For faster performance, please use the fields below to filter your results. If you select nothing, the default search will pick up all topics and states in the most recent session year available. The full text of bills is available by clicking on the bill number. This feature is available for bills from 2015 and later.

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2017 Child Welfare Enactments Overview

The graph below illustrates the 2017 enacted legislation by topic. Place your mouse over the columns for details.


Enacted Bills by Tomic Map
The map shows the states that enacted a bill AK WA MT ND NH VT NY MI MN WI OH PA CT NJ RI MA NV OR ID WY SD IA IL IN MO NE HI CO TN AR KS UT CA DE MD WV KY FL SC TX DC AL MS LA OK AZ NC ME VA NM GA PR GU VI AS MP Enacted Bills by Topic Map