Child Welfare

Issue: CAPTA Reauthorization

Impact:

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is a source of funding for certain court programs and is the primary source of prevention funds for child welfare agencies.  The eligibility requirements for states to access these funds have been used to dictate state policy and procedure.

Position:

State court leaders support reauthorization the Act, but oppose unfunded mandate.

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Issue: Court Improvement Programs Reauthorization

Impact:

These formula grants assist state courts to improve the court’s oversight responsibility for child welfare cases.

Position:

State court leaders support full funding for the three CIP grant programs.  (CCJ/COSCA Resolution 11-A-8)

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Issue: Human Trafficking Intersection with Child Welfare

Impact:

Children in the foster care system are particularly vulnerable to trafficking.  The policies under consideration could impact the handling of these cases in state courts.

Position:

No formal position.

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Issue: Interstate Compact for Placement of Children

Impact:

Judicial decisions with interstate placement implications must comply with the Compact requirements.

Position:

No formal position.

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Issue: Child Welfare Provisions in Immigration Legislation

Impact:

Policies under consideration would impact the handling of child welfare cases in the states. 

Position:

No formal position.

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Issue: Fostering Connections to Success Act

Impact:

The legislation provides states with options to extend foster care coverage for certain children and impacts the processing of child abuse and neglect cases.

Position:

The Conference of State Court Administrators supported passage of the Uninterrupted Scholars Act. (COSCA Resolution 12-M-3).

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