Bipartisan efforts to strengthen the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and other related bills were introduced in 2021 as representatives from both parties seek to end the epidemic of child abuse and neglect in the U.S.
Here are the bills introduced in 2021 to protect children:
H.R. 485: Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
Introduced by Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3]
Passed House (03/16/2021)
H.R. 485 reauthorizes through FY2027 and revises the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978 to expand services for preventing and treating child abuse.
The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish uniform national standards for tracking and reporting child fatalities and near fatalities resulting from maltreatment, and develop an electronic interstate data exchange system that allows states to share information from their child abuse and neglect registries with other states.
The bill also addresses child abuse and neglect related to families impacted by substance use disorders, racial bias in the child protective services system, and child sexual abuse.
The bill also ...