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 mandates.  CCJ/COSCA Resolution 10-A-10  

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Issue: CAPTA Reauthorization

Impact:

A provision in the bill places the same requirements on schools as is required of child welfare agencies for promoting education stability for children in foster care.

Position:

No formal position.

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Issue: CAPTA Reauthorization

Impact:

The legislative proposal reauthorizes grants to assist state courts and impacts court oversight responsibilities for child welfare cases. 

Position:

State court leaders support legislation to improve the outcomes for children in the child welfare system, including funding prevention services for children at risk of entering foster care and reducing the use of congregate care. (COSCA Resolution 15-M-5 and CCJ Resolution 16-M-5)

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Issue: Court Improvement Programs Reauthorization

Impact:

These formula grants assist state courts to improve the court’s oversight of 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:

State court leaders support efforts to effectively address human trafficking of vulnerable children and to provide adequate funding to state courts for training to better screen and recognize such cases, and implement best court practices. (CCJ/COSCA Resolution 14-A-9)

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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:

State court leaders encourage states/jurisdictions subject to the ICPC to adopt legislation that authorizes judges in sending and receiving states and jurisdictions to communicate with one another regarding the placement of children and that authorizes judges in the receiving state/jurisdiction where placement is sought to hold hearings at the request of judges in sending states or jurisdictions on the status of ICPC home study requests and enter orders to complete those home studies when they are delayed and timely decisions are not made concerning the children involved. (CCJ/COSCA Resolution 13-A-3)

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Issue: Child Welfare Provisions in Immigration Legislation

Impact:

Policies under consideration would impact the handling of cases involving children of illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minor children.  

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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