CDF ensures that the voices of children are heard at the Congressional level by pursuing and supporting legislation that addresses children’s unique needs. The bills below directly or indirectly impact children in or at risk of entering the child welfare system and are supported by the Children’s Defense Fund.
Legislation was recently introduced in the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, called the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act (S. 1964, H.R. 3781), which takes important steps in realigning federal child welfare funding by making new investments in a range of prevention and family services to help keep children safely with family and out of foster care. Click here for a summary of the bill to learn more!
On September 29, President Obama signed into law the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980). The bipartisan bill passed the House on July 23 and passed the Senate by unanimous consent on September 18, just hours before the Senate recessed for the campaign season. This new law takes important steps forward in protecting and preventing children and youth in foster care from becoming victims of sex trafficking and makes many important improvements to the child welfare system that will help improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care.