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May 21st, 2019
House Passes Strong CAPTA–Rep. Grijalva’s Native American Child Welfare Provisions Included

WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. The legislation will invest more resources to improve the quality of child protective services to better address instances of child abuse and neglect. Included in the legislation are provisions of Rep. Grijalva’s American Indian and Alaska Native Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which requires a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on child abuse and neglect prevention efforts in tribal communities and an increased funding set-aside for Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and migrant programs to ensure a more equitable distribution of aid. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:

“Child abuse and neglect have no place in our country, and a stronger CAPTA helps ensure that the agencies, departments, and individuals tasked with protecting our children have the resources they need to identify and stop abuse. It is critical for Congress to fund culturally-relevant solutions that will keep all children safe. When we respect tribal sovereignty while making more resources available, we can better ensure that tribes are empowered to safeguard the well-being of their children. I’m pleased to see that my push for greater allocations for these too often overlooked communities was adopted.”


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