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