South Carolina Steps Closer to Extending Further Support to Aging-Out Foster Youth
South Carolina could join the many states that tap federal foster care funds to help establish extended foster care.
Colorado Considers a Raise the Age Youth Justice Bill
The House Judiciary Committee last week approved a Colorado bill that would raise the age of criminal responsibility in the state.
Wisconsin Bills Would Expand Authorities’ Ability to Strip Parental Rights
As federal policy on child welfare aims to help parents build strong bonds with their children so that fewer kids end up in foster care, a pair of bills in Wisconsin propose new grounds for terminating parental rights.
California Bill Limiting Youth Probation Will Be Considered Next Year
California's AB 503, known as The End Endless Probation Act, would put limits on youth probation. It was filed inactive this legislative session but will be considered next year.
Child Abuse Prevention: Senators Seek More CAPTA Money for Community-Based Family Services
Saying efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect are "tragically underfunded," two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that could pump hundreds of millions of dollars into addressing the problem.
Minnesota Legislature Again Fails to Pass Bill Defending Black Families
A bill defending Black families against racist practices in the child welfare system has failed to pass for a third time in the Minnesota Legislature.
New Law Gives Low-Income Minnesotans Access to Attorneys in Child Welfare Cases
A new Minnesota law guarantees access to court-appointed lawyers for low-income parents who are facing allegations of child abuse and neglect.
Legislative Roundup — New York’s Actions on Children and Youth Justice
After a year of pandemic-prompted shutdowns and widespread protests against racism and police brutality, the New York Legislature closed its session this month with notable reforms to the child welfare, youth justice and child care systems.