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Child welfare center launches new policy website

As the 2011 session of the Minnesota Legislature moves into full swing, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) is pleased to announce a new way to stay up-to-date and uncover resources for following and responding to legislation that impacts public child-welfare practice. CASCW has created a web page featuring resources to educate child welfare practitioners about the latest developments in policy, as well as to inform policy makers about the latest policy-relevant research findings.

The page features a child-welfare-policy blog dedicated to tracking bills related to child well-being. The blog aims to provide child-welfare stakeholders with up-to-date, nonpartisan information on policy issues that impact child-welfare practice in Minnesota. It will be updated weekly during the legislative session to keep readers informed as policy proposals move through committee, relevant hearings and key votes.

Resource links on the page include helpful nonpartisan/bipartisan websites, such as the Minnesota Legislature's, to help readers find and contact their lawmakers; child welfare policy research and information sites, and sites that announce events and bill hearings related to child welfare policy.

The page will soon house CASCW's new publication series, the Child Welfare Policy Brief, which will provide summaries of key child welfare issues for policymakers and practitioners.

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