Minnesota Bill to Create Foster Youth Ombuds Office Goes to Governor’s Desk
A bill approved by the Minnesota Legislature today would establish a new ombuds office — a watchdog agency to serve the interests of foster youth.
In Utah, Three Youth-focused Laws Go Into Effect
In Utah, three state laws will soon take effect that focus on youth — two pertaining to juvenile justice and child welfare, and a third regarding mental health.
Nebraska Governor Signs Law to End Private Foster Care
Nebraska has ended a 12-year experiment in using private foster care in the state after Gov. Pete Ricketts signed Legislative Bill 1173.
Kinship Care Prioritized Under New Washington State Law
Washington state will now prioritize keeping children with relatives when both parents lose custody, under a new law signed last month.
Kansas House Rejects Bid to Eliminate Safety Net Hurdles; Senate May Add New Barrier
After Kansas lawmakers rejected a bill to expand access for food assistance in the House, the Senate is now considering a bill that would limit access.
New Mexico Bill to Bolster Legal Representation in Child Welfare Cases Advances to Senate
Families and children in New Mexico could have greater access to better lawyers and advocates as they navigate the child welfare system under a bill passed by the House of Representatives.
Kentucky Senate Advances Child Welfare Overhaul Bill
A child welfare overhaul bill that recently sped through the Kentucky Senate would, in part, explicitly distinguish poverty from neglect.
New York Governor Signs Retroactive Youthful Offender Bill
Some people who were sentenced for crimes they committed when they were very young can now ask a judge for a second chance of sorts under a new law in New York state.