Child Welfare Legislation & Policies

Introduced in June 2014 by Rep. Langevin, the Permanent Families for All Children Act - Amends part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act. 

On June 19, 2014, Rep. James Langevin (Rhode Island) introduced HR 4909 Permanent Families for All Children Act. This summary highlights the provisions of the bill.

This publication provides links to state statutes and lists the parts of the code for each state and territory that contains the laws addressing child protection, adoption, child welfare, legal guardianship, and services for youth. It also provides web addresses for states' regulation and policy sites, state court rules, tribal codes, and judicial resources.

On June 26, 2014, Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) announced the completion of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980).

This manual replaces the Children's Bureau's former policy issuance system.

This publication from the Child Welfare Information Gateway presents a summary of federal legislation since 1974 that has had a significant impact on the field. It provides an overview of each act and its major provisions.

Signed into law in 2008, this legislation includes provisions that amend parts B and E of title IV of the Social Security Act to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for tribal foster care and adoption access, improve incentives for adoption, and for other purposes.

The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 was enacted in 1998 to promote the adoption of children in foster care.

Introduced in Senate in 2013, S 1518: Improving Outcomes for Youth At Risk for Sex Trafficking Act of 2013 amends part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act to require the state plan to demonstrate the state has developed policies and procedures for identifying and screening children whom the state has reasonable cause to believe are victims of sex trafficking or a specified severe form of trafficking in persons, or are at risk of being such victims.


Introduced in 2013, the Strengthening And Finding Families for Children Act amends part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act to revise the adoption incentives grant program (renaming it the adoption and legal guardianship incentive program), creating a new formula for determining adoption incentive payments, and extending the program through the 2016 fiscal year. It revises the program's award structure, including limitations on the use of incentive payments.

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