News Briefs


Six New Laws Add to Georgia’s Efforts to Boost Adoption
Six new bills signed into law in Georgia this week are intended to accelerate the state’s ongoing efforts to make adoption easier.


Unanimous Oregon House Backs Customary Tribal Adoption
The Oregon House of Representatives recently gave unanimous approval to legislation that would require state judges to accept tribal customary adoptions in cases involving Native American and Alaska Native children, ensuring that they can remain connected to their tribe.


Washington State Child Welfare Chief Endorses Reform Bill on Governor’s Desk
Ross Hunter, secretary of Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families, on a visit to Camp To Belong Washington, a camp dedicated to reuniting siblings separated by foster care, adoption or kinship.


Study: Most Unexpected Infant Suffocation Deaths Occur in Unsafe Sleep Conditions

The great majority of infants who unexpectedly suffocated and died in their sleep in recent years were bedded in unsafe sleeping conditions, according to a new study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that underscores decades-old public health guidelines.


Former Foster Youth’s Bill Signed: At Every Washington State School, a Foster Care Coordinator
A former foster youth-turned state senator credits caring adults who helped guide her path to success, and now the odds are better that other foster kids in Washington state’s public schools will have similar help.


Missouri Governor Signs Foster Care and Adoption Tax Breaks
Missourians who adopt children or take in foster kids will get meaningful tax breaks in the future since Gov. Mike Parson signed a pair of bills this week amid a rare legislative session in which child welfare is a major priority.


West Virginia Foster Care Ombudsman Reports Rampant Fear of Retaliation
More than 90% of parents and foster parents who asked for an investigation into problems they had while dealing with the West Virginia foster care system in the recent past said they did so despite fear of retaliation, according to a news account based on the ombudsperson’s first-ever report.


L.A. Mayor Seeks $24 Million to Help City’s Poorest Households With Guaranteed Income

The mayor of Los Angeles wants to give the 2,000 poorest households in his city $1,000 a month in income for a full year, no strings attached, just to see how the money affects their lives.


New Online Hub Aims to Smooth Journey for Texas Volunteers

Texas’ family services agency has launched a new online hub that aims to make it easier than ever for people to volunteer their time and talents to help vulnerable children and the elderly.