• August 2003
  • Vol. 4, No. 6

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Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 Signed Into Law

On June 25, 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-36). The Act reauthorizes the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the Adoption Opportunities program, the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, authorizing funding for fiscal years 2004 through 2008.

Some key provisions include:

  • Basic State Grant funding to improve the child protective services (CPS) system through attention to case management; training, supervision, recruitment, and retention of caseworkers; and improved reporting of suspected child maltreatment.
  • Grants for demonstration projects to support linkages between CPS agencies and public health, mental health, and developmental disabilities agencies.
  • A focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect through support for community-based services to families.
  • Programs that increase the number of older foster children placed with adoptive families, including a grants program to eliminate barriers to placing children for adoption across jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Requirements for Abandoned Infants Assistance grantees to give priority to infants and young children who are infected with or exposed to HIV, have a life-threatening illness, or have been perinatally exposed to a dangerous drug.
  • Changes to State plan eligibility requirements, including policies and procedures to address the needs of infants born addicted to and identified as being affected by prenatal drug exposure; provisions and procedures to require a CPS representative to advise individuals of complaints and allegations against them at the initial contact; provisions requiring improved training of CPS workers regarding their legal duties, in order to protect the legal rights and safety of children and families; and provisions to require a State to disclose confidential information to any Federal, State, or local government entity with a need for such information.
  • Removal of the "nonprofit" restriction placed upon participating entities receiving Federal technical assistance.

To access the full text of this legislation, visit THOMAS, the legislative tracking service of the Library of Congress, at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:SN00342:|TOM:/bss/d108query.html|.

Related Item

Read more about the "Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003" in the March 2003 edition of Children's Bureau Express.

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