Federal Legislation
May 9, 2002

H.R. 3839óChild Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Action Requested:
None at this time.

Background:
Official purpose: To reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and for other purposes.

Introduced March 5, 2002 by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI 2nd)
Cosponsors

Status:
3/5/2002: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
3/6/2002: Referred to the Subcommittee on Select Education.
3/6/2002: Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
3/20/2002: Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
4/11/2002: Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
4/23/2002: Mr. Hoekstra moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
4/23/2002: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 411-5.
4/24/2002: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
See S. 2998
Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA has been working with Congressional staff to amend present CAPTA law in order to protect parent's rights during child abuse investigations. There are three amendments in the House version of this bill that HSLDA feels will bring about some good change to the current system. These amendments would require social workers to inform, at first contact, the family of what allegations have been made against them; require the states to train the social workers to protect and inform families of their constitutional rights; and require the states to establish a panel of parents and citizens who will review their state's child welfare laws.

 Other Resources

H.R. 3839 (pdf)

HSLDA Suggests Guidelines to Prevent Social Services Abuse

Testimony of Christopher J. Klicka - Hearing on the Reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Hearing on "Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect: Policy Directions for the Future"

Select Education Subcommittee Hears Testimony on How to Improve Child Abuse Prevention Law