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The Coordinating Care for Children Affected by Immigration Enforcement Act has been introduced by Senator Tina Smith and is being supported by close to 20 Senators.  This act allows parents who are being arrested or detained by immigration enforcement to make calls and arrangements for the care of their children. It also allows for children to visit their parents while they are being detained. It allows parents to participate in family court proceedings of their children, protects children from being compelled to act as translators for their parents, ensures parents can coordinate their departures with their children and lastly, requires ICE to consider the best interest of children in the detention, release, and transfer decision of their parents.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's administration and the Department for Children and Families are recommending foster care agencies to recognize the preferred gender identity of youths to ensure foster parents are not imposing traditional gender roles on LGBTQ children. This has sparked outrage among conservatives who state it is a violation of the 2018 Kansas Adoption Protection Act signed by former Gov. Jeff Colyer that ensures adoption and foster care agencies may refuse to serve LGBTQ individuals. In response, supporters of the recommendations state the guidelines have nothing to do with the law and have called the law discriminatory. The Department for Children and Families has stated the guidelines are a stepping stone for further discussion.

New York City Council has passed Resolution 740, which keeps the Administration for Children's Services from being able to remove children for the mere possession or use of marijuana.  Resolution 746, which provides clear and fair regulations for hospitals on drug testing pregnant mothers has also been passed. These legislations aims to disrupt the targeting of economically insecure parents and mothers of color. The two legislations were introduced by the Progressive Caucus and the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus of the City Council to address collateral consequences from marijuana criminalization.

CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.

Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.