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NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

Human Services

Basic Needs for Postsecondary Education

College completion rates are well below state policymakers’ goals, especially for adult learners and low-income students. These students often struggle to complete education and training programs due to unmet basic needs, such as stable housing, adequate food and suitable child care for their children. In this webinar, NCSL staff will discuss college completion strategies that address students’ basic needs and learn from the experiences of three states.

Forecasting Safety-Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare Assessment

Join us as we discuss the promise and challenges of using predictive analytics to reduce child welfare involvement and bolster the child welfare workforce. You’ll hear from states who are already using this technology and learn about policy options for state lawmakers to safeguard against bias. 

Major Reforms to Minor Guardianship Laws

Nearly 1 in 20 children in the U.S. live in a household where someone other than a parent is their primary caretaker. Many families that could benefit from a formal minor guardianship cannot or do not pursue this legal arrangement. The laws are complex and sometimes specify different processes for the many circumstances under which a family might need minor guardianship. Legislatures have an important role to play in improving civil court processes for families. Learn how Iowa and Vermont reformed their minor guardianship policies to make them more family-friendly.  

ICWA Upheld: What’s Next in Indian Child Welfare Policy

Following a June 2023 U.S. Supreme Court decision, the federal Indian Child Welfare Act remains intact. Learn why some experts refer to ICWA as the gold standard in child welfare law, how states responded when the law was called into jeopardy and steps legislatures can take to support Native children in the child welfare system.

Evictions on the Rise: What's a State to Do?

About 3.6 million evictions are filed each year due to rising housing costs and inability to pay. Learn about renter and landlord protections and how two states are trying to reduce evictions by making civil courts more family friendly.