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Texas Bills Aim to Boost Parents' Rights


Texas Bills Aim to Boost Rights for Parents Accused of Mistreating Kids

A new Texas law and a bill being considered would strengthen the rights of parents in the child protection courts, allowing them greater access to court-appointed attorneys and the ability to attend court hearings virtually, even after the pandemic recedes.


Reauthorizing Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act is Key to Realigning Toward Prevention

Legislation to reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is moving through Congress, with the U.S. House of Representatives passing a version out of committee and the U.S. Senate marking up their version last month. 

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New York’s Top Child Welfare Senator Previews Next Legislative Session

The New York State legislature passed a raft of historic child welfare bills this year. All of them aimed to strengthen birth family ties: one bill would open access to original birth certificates for adoptees; another increases the standard of evidence in child neglect cases, and decreases the consequences of such investigations for parents; four other bills boost support for relatives and family friends who care for someone else’s child.


New York City’s Child Welfare System Quietly Swims Upstream to Prevent Family Separation

On a recent Tuesday in New York City’s Hunts Point neighborhood, Emily Lopez directs a visitor to the “selfie chair,” a large plastic throne in this new family center’s sunny atrium, perfect for impromptu Instagramming.


Alaska Transfers Child Welfare Services for Native Alaskans to Tribes

In Alaska, a coalition of tribal governments has now begun to assume responsibility for offering some child welfare services to Alaska Native children. The Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact, which was signed into law in October 2017 by Alaska Gov.


Policy and Practice Changes Form Around National Strategy to Reduce Fatalities and Improve Child Safety

When the President and Congress asked the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) to develop a national strategy to eliminate child maltreatment fatalities in 2014, we knew the task would not be easy.

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    ProPublica Exposes Racial Bias in Predictive Analytics

    A recent story from the nonprofit in-depth journalism site ProPublica quotes a warning issued in 2014 by then-Attorney General Eric Holder to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. His warning concerned a fad spreading through the criminal justice system.


    Out of County, CA: Limited Options

    After child protective services in California removes a child from his home for abuse or neglect, his care becomes the responsibility of the county that removed him. Every child entering the system is assigned a social worker, who bears the tremendous burden of...


    Key Findings and Recommendations of the Michigan Race Equity Coalition

    A new report from a coalition of child welfare advocacy groups, circuit courts and law enforcement organizations in Michigan found that minority children are more likely to participate and remain in the state’s foster care system.