What’s New in Child Welfare?


Three smiling children; one boy and two girls.Child Welfare is a critical state responsibility and includes protecting children from abuse and neglect, and ensuring that children have safe, stable and permanent living situations. States and the federal government spend about $29 billion every year on child welfare services. State legislators play a major role in funding, structuring and overseeing child welfare systems and enact more than 300 child welfare bills every year. NCSL tracks these issues in the following major categories: foster care, adoption, child abuse and neglect, kinship care, child welfare system, prevention, minority children and federal issues.

 Legislation Database

Title IV-E Child Welfare Waivers 2012-2014

Indian Child Welfare

Your Source for the Latest Compilations of Child Welfare State Legislative Enactments

Foster Care, Kinship Care, Adoption and Permanency


*PLEASE NOTE: The National Conference of State Legislatures is an organization serving state legislators and their staff. We cannot offer legal advice or assistance with individual cases, but we do try to answer questions on general topics.

About This NCSL Project

The Denver-based child welfare project staff focuses on state policy, tracking legislation and providing research and policy analysis, consultation, and technical assistance specifically geared to the legislative audience. Denver staff can be reached at (303) 364-7700 or childwelfare@ncsl.org.

NCSL staff in Washington, D.C. track and analyze federal legislation and policy and represent state legislatures on child welfare issues before Congress and the Administration. Staff in D.C. can be reached at (202) 624-5400 or cyf-info@ncsl.org.