Human Services


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Procedural Justice: Alternatives to Civil Contempt in Child Support Cases

State and federal policymakers are evaluating the cost, fairness and effectiveness of civil contempt as a tool to increase child support payments.


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Caring for the Caregivers: Policy Support for Early Child Care Pros

The biggest challenge facing home-based child care providers right now is compensation that is relevant to providers’ experience.

Summit 2021


Human Services



Evictions and the Pandemic

Our featured speaker, Emily Benfer, a visiting professor of law at Wake Forest University and an expert on housing and health law, explains how the pandemic has exacerbated the eviction problem, who is being evicted and how the recently extended federal eviction moratorium factors into the situation.


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Earned Income Tax Credit Overview

Earned income tax credits (EITC) are a common strategy used by governments to bolster the economic security of low-income working families, especially those with children. Click to view an updated EITC overview.


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Early Childhood Through a Race/Equity Lens

Read highlights from the inaugural Early Childhood Fellows Alumni series. Learn what two policymakers thought about the opportunity to explore early childhood development and well-being through a race and equity lens.


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State Legislation & Bill Tracking

Want to know what legislation your state or other states have introduced or enacted? NCSL maintains legislative-tracking databases in the following human services areas: child support and family law, child welfareearly care and education, and housing and homelessness. To research state legislation on other topics, visit NCSL’s directory of legislative databases


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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