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Child Welfare Legislative Updates: May 24 – June 4, 2021

Please review the following child welfare legislative updates pertinent to children and families from May 24 – June 4, 2021. These bills and other important legislation can be tracked at GovTrack.us.

Health

S. 1795 — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez (D-NJ)/Health, Education, Labor, Pensions (5/24/21)
A bill to address mental health issues for youth, particularly youth of color, and for other purposes. 

ASCI Connection: This bill will assist in providing research and guidance of culturally appropriate services for children and families through ASCI’s In-home Clinical Services Program.

S. 1826 — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez (D-NJ)/Finance (5/24/21)
A bill to amend titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act to require a State child health plan to include coverage of screening blood lead tests, to codify such requirement under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.
S. 1798 — Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE)/Finance (5/25/21)
A bill to provide for strategies to increase access to telehealth under the Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
S. 1834 — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)/Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (5/26/21)
A bill to amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to clarify the availability and appropriateness of training for local food service personnel, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3688 — Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC)/Energy and Commerce (6/4/21)
A bill to address maternal mortality and morbidity.  

ASCI Connection: These bills will aid ASCI in providing families knowledge of the health resources available to them. 

Child Safety & Protection

H.R. 3547 — Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV1)/Transportation and Infrastructure (5/25/21)
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to encourage widespread and proper use of child safety seats, and for other purposes.
S. 1927 — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)/Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (5/27)
 A bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.
H.R. 3676 — Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY4)/Transportation and Infrastructure (6/1/21)
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to establish national standards relating to sanctions for individuals who drive a motor vehicle, with a child passenger in the vehicle, while intoxicated or impaired, and for other purposes.
H.Res. 463 — Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL4)/Education and Labor (6/4/21)
A resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of June 6 through June 12, 2021, as “National Child Abuse Prevention Week” and support for children facing psychological or physical abuse.

ASCI Connection: These bills will support ASCI’s dedication to providing safety and protection through the highest-quality kinship care services to the triad.

Child Care

H.R. 3667 — Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV) Ways and Means (6/1/21)
A bill to target additional child care funds by allocating to states based on the number of children in poverty, and for other purposes.   
H.R. 3545 — Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY21)/Education and Labor (5/25/21)
A bill to amend section 2202 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to authorize States to expand the uses of the child care stabilization funds to include support for the creation or enhancement of family child care networks designed to increase, or to improve the quality of, child care provided by family, child care providers; and for other purposes.
H.R. 3502 — Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK1)/Ways and Means (5/25/21)
A bill to amend title IV of the Social Security Act to prevent the child care cliff and increase parental choice for low-income families, and for other purposes.

ASCI Connection: These bills will aid ASCI in providing guidance and resources to caregivers and birth families concerning child care options available to them through our community support groups

Permanency

H.R. 3488 —Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL7) Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means (5/25/21)
A bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), and marital status in the administration and provision of child welfare services; to improve safety, well-being, and permanency for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning foster youth; and for other purposes.

ASCI Connection: This bill will support ASCI’s advocacy and service delivery in providing permanency to our diverse population of children, youth and families. 

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of A Second Chance, Inc.

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