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State Statute Summary Series

Abuse & Neglect ~ Adoption ~ Central Registry ~ Court Hearings ~Definitions ~ Domestic Violence ~ Drug Use ~ Foster Children's Bill of Rights ~ Foster Care ~ Home School ~ Immunity ~ Permancy ~ Placement ~ Records ~ Mandatory Reporting ~ Other Resources ~ Righs of Unmarried Fathers ~ Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)

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Document Title

Abuse & Neglect

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•Definitions

Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Download (PDF - 1,297KB)

Year Published

2014

 • Failure/False Reporting

Penalties for Failure to Report and False Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Download (PDF - 296KB)

Year Published

2014

Mandatory Reporters

Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Year Published

2014

•Cross Reporting

Cross-Reporting Among Responders to Child Abuse and Neglect

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Download (PDF - 325KB)

Year Published

2012

•Clergy

Clergy as Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Download (PDF - 439KB)

Year Published

2014

Adoption

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•Consent

Consent to Adoption

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Download (PDF - 742KB)

Year Published

2013

•Contact Birth Parent(s)

Postadoption Contact Agreements Between Birth and Adoptive Families

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Download (PDF - 567KB)

Year Published

2014

•Court Jurisdiction

Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions

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Download (PDF - 322KB)

Year Published

2013

 

•Expenses

Regulation of Private Domestic Adoption Expenses

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Download (PDF - 508KB)

Year Published

2013

 

•Facilitators/Advertising

Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements

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Download (PDF - 476KB)

Year Published

2012

 •Federal Title IV-E

*Federal Title IV-E and State Adoption Assistance: Summary of State Laws

•Home Study

Home Study Requirements for Prospective Parents in Domestic Adoption

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Year Published

2012

•Information Collection

Collection of Family Information About Adopted Persons and Their Birth Families

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Download (PDF - 617KB)

Year Published

2012

•           Intercountry

State Recognition of Inter-country Adoptions Finalized Abroad

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Download (PDF - 604KB)

Year Published

2014

•           Interstate

Intestate Inheritance Rights for Adopted Persons

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Download (PDF - 528KB)

Year Published

2012

•           Records

Access to Adoption Records

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Download (PDF - 541KB)

Year Published

2012

•           Who May Adopt?

Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption?

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Download (PDF - 543KB)

Year Published

2012

Central Registry

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 •Child Abuse

Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse Reports

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Year Published

2014

 •Review/Expunction

Review and Expunction of Central Registries and Reporting Records

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Year Published

2014

Court Hearings

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•Permanency

Court Hearings for the Permanent Placement of Children

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Download (PDF - 772KB)

Year Published

2012

 •Representation

Representation of Children in Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings

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Year Published

2014

Definitions

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•Best Interest

Determining the Best Interests of the Child

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Download (PDF - 379KB)

Year Published

2012

•Infant Safe Haven

Infant Safe Haven Laws

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Download (PDF - 556KB)

Year Published

2013

 •Reasonable Efforts

Reasonable Efforts to Preserve or Reunify Families and Achieve Permanency for Children

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Year Published

2012

Domestic Violence

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Definitions of Domestic Violence

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Year Published

2013

Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence

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Year Published

2013

Drug Use

Parental Drug Use as Child Abuse

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Download (PDF - 554KB)

Year Published

2012

Foster/Adoption Checks

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 •Foster/Adoption

Criminal Background Checks for Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents

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Download (PDF - 589KB)

Year Published

2011

•Home Study

Home Study Requirements for Prospective Foster Parents

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Download (PDF - 1,619KB)

Year Published

2014

Immunity

Immunity for Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Year Published

2012

Permanency

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•Planning

Concurrent Planning for Permanency for Children

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Year Published

2012

Placement

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•Guardianship

Standby Guardianship

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Year Published

2015

•Relatives

Placement of Children With Relatives

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Year Published

2013

Records

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•Case Planning

Case Planning for Families Involved With Child Welfare Agencies

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Year Published

2014

•Disclosure

Disclosure of Confidential Child Abuse and Neglect Records

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Year Published

2013

•Screening

Making and Screening Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect

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Year Published

2013

Resources: Other

Online Resources for State Child Welfare Law and Policy

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Download (PDF - 223KB)

Year Published

2013

Rights: Unmarried Fathers

The Rights of Unmarried Fathers

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Download (PDF - 999KB)

Year Published

2014

Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)

Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights

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Year Published

2013

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The Child Welfare Information Gateway has been creating State Summaries on Particular Concerns. Below are some of these summaries. Will be listing more as they become available or updated.

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