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Historic Bill Would Remove Federal Requirement to Terminate Parental Rights in Some Cases
A bill introduced before Congress would allow states to decide whether to seek the termination of parental rights in child welfare cases.
Florida Proposes End to Costly Juvenile Court Fees
A bipartisan group of Florida state lawmakers filed two companion bills that would prohibit juvenile court fees in the state.
California Takes on More Oversight of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
California is asserting its responsibility for the care of immigrant children in the state who don't have any adult to look after them.
California’s Newest Child Welfare and Youth Justice Laws
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed significant child welfare and youth justice bills into law last week, capping a year of investments in the state’s most vulnerable children and families.
Stranded in the ER: Can California Change its Treatment of Kids in Crisis?
As a crisis unfolds in California's emergency rooms, a controversial bill that aims to help children is awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature.
New Texas Law Curtails Power of Pediatricians Contracted by CPS
A new Texas law entitles parents under suspicion for physically harming their children to the right to a second medical opinion and in-person exams.
How to Improve California’s Deadly Record of Outcomes for Black Births
California Gov. Gavin Newsom should sign SB 65 to put the state on a better path to positive outcomes for Black pregnant people, the authors write.
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.