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Missouri Lawmakers Pass Tax Breaks to Foster and Adoptive Caregivers

The Missouri House of Representatives unanimously passed two bills on Jan. 27 that would increase financial support for foster and adoptive parents. Now, they await approval by the Senate.

House Bill 429 would provide a tax deduction for foster parents — $2,500 for a single parent, $5,000 for a married couple — who have been caretaking for at least six months.


Kids in Foster Care to Have Own Attorneys Under New Arizona Law
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R).

Arizona on Wednesday became the latest state to require that children involved in abuse or neglect cases be appointed an attorney to represent their best interest.


A New Direction for Los Angeles CASA Program: Fighting Systemic Bias
Charity Chandler-Cole serves on the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families.

This week, Charity Chandler-Cole will start her new job as chief executive officer of Los Angeles County’s court-appointed special advocates, or CASA.


Concerns Over Equity as Minnesota Crafts Foster Care Prevention Plan
Illustration by Christine Ongjoco.

Minnesota child welfare leaders have been meeting with community stakeholders and advocates on establishing a new foster care prevention plan, built around the use of new federal funding available for that goal. 


Mandated Reporters Need Training on Context, Critical Thinking

Around the country, child welfare systems large and small have built a front door to child protection that relies heavily on information provided to the state from the public, especially from “mandated reporters” such as school officials, doctors and police officers. 


‘Incorrigibility’ Label Eliminated from New York’s Child Welfare Law
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill deleting the term from the state’s child welfare laws in recognition of psychosocial studies finding that young people are able to make responsible choices when given the appropriate interventions to counter the trauma that filled their formative years.
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States Hook Up to Strategize Support for Kids, Families as Pandemic Rolls On

Eight states are getting together for the rest of 2021 to work out the best way to help children and families weather the second year of the coronavirus pandemic with a minimum of child neglect and abuse.


Texas House Moves Bill Strengthening Adoptee Rights to Original Birth Certificate

This could be the year that nearly 1 million Texas adoptees can get a copy of their original birth certificate without asking a judge.

Texas adoptees said attempts to pass a measure making it easier for them to obtain the document have fallen short time and again in recent years.


$100 Million Investment in Housing for Homeless Youth Moving in California Legislature
Amid recent news that 1 in 4 California foster youth face homelessness after aging out of foster care, a bill moving through the state Legislature aims to invest $100 million in increasing the housing stock for this particularly vulnerable population.