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State child welfare legislation: 2009

National Conference of State Legislatures – 2011

A summary of significant state child welfare-related legislation enacted during 2009. Descriptions of legislation are presented in alphabetical order by topic and alphabetically by state within the topic area. Topics covered include adoption, child fatality, child protection, courts and legal, education, foster care, kinship care, prevention, reporting, substance abuse, and tribes. Appendix contains citations and summaries of the legislation, listed alphabetically by topic and by state within the topic area. Substance abuse-related legislation is listed for New Mexico and Utah.