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February 2008Vol. 9, No. 1Changes in Federal and State Laws and Policies

Two new reports offer summaries of changes in Federal and State laws and policies that impact child welfare agencies and those involved in the child welfare system.

A report released by the Congressional Research Service in November 2007 summarizes changes to Federal child welfare policy enacted by the 109th Congress during 2005-2006. Child Welfare: Recently Enacted Changes in Federal Policy focuses on changes made to title IV-B and title IV-E of the Social Security Act, as most Federal child welfare programs are authorized by those titles.

The report was prepared by Emilie Stoltzfus of the Congressional Research Service. The Congressional Research Service is the nonpartisan public policy research arm of the U.S. Congress that provides congressional members and committees with analyses of legislative issues.

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The National Conference of State Legislatures has produced a report of State child welfare legislation that occurred in 2006. The report covers issues from adoption to the workforce, showing that States were particularly active in the areas of adoption, the courts, education, foster care, kinship care, oversight, prevention, and the transition to adulthood for children in the child welfare system.