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The bipartisan Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183/HR 4980), signed into law by President Obama on September 29, 2014, takes important steps forward in protecting and preventing children and youth in foster care from becoming victims of sex trafficking. The new law also makes many important improvements to the child welfare system that will help improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care. The provisions in the new law represent significant first steps, but additional work needs to be done and these reforms will mean little to children unless they are effectively implemented to truly benefit children.
This helpful resource for advocates and state and local staff is intended to help ensure full and prompt implementation of the improvements made in the new Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. The brief includes a summary and rationale for each of the Act’s provisions and answers a number of questions being asked or likely to be asked as implementation gets underway. An implementation timeline of the Act’s various provisions is also included. This document should be viewed as complementary to the guidance issued by the Children’s Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Services.
This brief is a collaborative effort of the Children’s Defense Fund, Child Welfare League of America, First Focus, Generations United, Foster Family-based Treatment Association and Voice for Adoption. It will be updated as additional questions or clarification come forward and further issuances from the Children’s Bureau are released.