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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 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.
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.
State Homeless Programs Underserve California Youth, Report Says
Homelessness is a huge black eye on the face of California, and youth homelessness is an oft-overlooked aspect of the scourge, according to a new report from John Burton Advocates for Youth.
Missouri House Votes to Boost Support for Children, Youth by $76 Million
Unless the Missouri state Senate balks, families that adopt children, foster them or care for relatives’ children will have more money from the state, come July 1, to help make ends meet.
Tennessee Appeals to Faith Community to Raise Foster Care Capacity
In 2020, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed into law a a “religious freedom” bill ensuring that foster care and adoption agencies could continue to be eligible to receive taxpayer funding even if they refuse to serve same-sex foster and adoptive parents.
Study: Foster Youth Lack Basic Financial Literacy
Financial literacy can be safely added to the long list of deficits young people with a background in the foster care system face, according to a study of the rarely examined problem.
Study of Twins Shows Harsh Parental Discipline Tied to More Misbehavior
In a study of twins aimed at teasing out answers to an aspect of the classic nature-versus-nurture debate, researchers have found that the child who was more harshly disciplined than the sibling twin was more likely to develop more behavior problems.
County Agency Leaders in California Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis
Several organizations representing executives in California who run county-level health and human services agencies have joined the growing list of public entities declaring racism a public health emergency.
Issuing a statement on Wednesday that they recognize “the historic and ongoing harms of systemic racism” and pledging to address the problem were: the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, the County Welfare Directors Association of California, the County Health Executives Association of California and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.