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Connecticut Establishes Baby Bond Program to Reduce Wealth Disparity

7/13/2021

Connecticut Establishes Baby Bond Program to Reduce Wealth Disparity

To address wealth disparity, Connecticut has set aside public funds that will establish trust funds for babies born July 1 and later.

Tennessee’s New Child-Related Laws Kick In

7/13/2021

Tennessee’s New Child-Related Laws Kick In

New laws affecting the protection of children went into effect July 1 in Tennessee, including one that increases the penalty for knowingly exposing children to dangerous drugs.

7/12/2021

Massachusetts Commission Declines to Recommend Expansion of Mandated Reporters

The Mandated Reporter Commission in Massachusetts has failed to settle on a path forward on recommendations for expanding mandated reporting.

Bipartisan Task Force Calls for Juvenile Justice Overhaul in Pennsylvania

7/8/2021

Bipartisan Task Force Calls for Juvenile Justice Overhaul in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system needs an overhaul to address pervasive violence and racial disparities, according to a bipartisan task force report.

A vote to close Maine's youth prison was successful, but the legislation has to be signed by the governor, a former prosecutor.

7/8/2021

Maine Governor Vetoes Closure of State’s Only Juvenile Lockup

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has vetoed the closure of the state’s only lockup youth facility, saying that shuttering it would pose a threat to public safety.

Plaintiffs and lawmakers want the Biden administration to immediately return to an Obama-era policy of collecting voluntary data on foster youth, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

7/7/2021

Illinois Enhancing Support for LGBTQ Youth

Illinois will beef up services and existing mandatory training for staff members, partner organizations and foster care providers to improve how LGBTQ people are treated within the child welfare system.

Minnesota could end routine shackling of children in court.

7/1/2021

Minnesota Lawmakers Could End Routine Shackling of Children in Court

Perhaps the ninth time will be the charm for lawmakers who want to ban the routine shackling of juvenile defendants in Minnesota courtrooms. Every year since 2013, legislation to do so has fallen short.

Colorado expands services for transitional foster youth.

7/1/2021

Colorado Expands Services for Transitional Foster Youth

Colorado youth who have transitioned out of foster care can re-enter the system if they wish to access services expanded under a new state law.

Kids County 2021 Report Paints Troubling Picture of Pandemic Effects

6/29/2021

Influential Kids Count 2021 Report Paints Troubling Picture of Pandemic Effects

This year’s Kids Count Data Book, an annual snapshot of the well-being of children, paints a troubling picture of how the pandemic affected American families.