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November 2000Vol. 1, No. 7New Federal Law Aims to Strengthen Child Abuse and Neglect Courts

A new law signed by President Clinton October 17 authorizes Federal funding for courts to implement the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) and to better track children served in child abuse and neglect courts. The Strengthening Abuse and Neglect Courts Act (SANCA), as summarized by the Children's Defense Fund, authorizes the following:
  • $10 million for grants to improve data collection systems to keep better track of children in the abuse and neglect courts
  • $10 million to eliminate backlogs of children waiting to be adopted
  • $5 million to expand the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program in under-served areas.

Funding for SANCA will have to be appropriated when the next Congress convenes in 2001.

To learn more about SANCA (S.2272) visit Thomas, a service of the Library of Congress at:

A PDF version of the bill is available at: 106_cong_bills&docid=f:s2272enr.txt.pdf