S.1181: Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act
The Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act is bipartisan legislation that amends the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to ensure that children within kinship families are eligible for CAPTA services. It also calls for specialized training to help kinship families, or, in many cases, “grandfamilies” navigate and access the services they are eligible for. The legislation is specifically geared towards kinship families who have taken over as primary caregivers for children who have been exposed to harmful conditions, such as substance abuse. The Act provides additional support to these families to meet the unique needs of children who have experienced trauma, including being exposed to substance misuse.
H.R. 5583 is the House companion bill introduced by Rep. Mary Scanlon.View Full Overview
- Approximately 2.6 million children are currently being raised in kinship families.
- The opioid epidemic has caused this number to rise, creating unique challenges for relatives.
- Grandfamilies affected by substance use disorders face a range of unique social, financial, physical and mental health challenges.
- The National Assembly supports The Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act, as it would ensure that grandfamilies have access to essential services that help both the caregivers and the children thrive.