Child Welfare Information Gateway – State Statutes, System Reforms

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Users can search for state laws on child abuse and neglect, child welfare and adoption on this feature of the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the federal Children’s Bureau. By simply clicking on a state and then selecting any applicable topics – including immunity for reporters of child abuse and neglect and consent to adoption – the site yields the language in each state’s statute for these categories and a citation for documentation.

An additional subpage within the Child Welfare Information Gateway is this listing of reforms to child welfare systems across the country. This page divides the reforms into ten topics, such as fiscal reform and reform related to TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and within each topic gives numerous examples of system reforms, providing links to various outside journals and websites that detail the reform efforts.