Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced today that the Senate passed his Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) reauthorization bill, which will strengthen federal efforts to identify, treat, and prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. This bill also reauthorizes the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), which helps states prevent domestic violence and provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families. Dodd, a senior member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Chairman of its Subcommittee on Children and Families, introduced the CAPTA reauthorization bill in September.
"The passage of the CAPTA reauthorization bill will provide states with the resources they need to keep our children and families safe," said Dodd. "States will have access to the funds necessary to support adoption, child abuse prevention programs, and domestic violence shelters. These critical services will provide a better life and future for all of our nation's children. I look forward to House passage of CAPTA and President Obama signing this bill into law."
The CAPTA bill reauthorizes four laws- CAPTA, FVPSA, the Adoption Opportunities Act, and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act. These laws provide grants to help states strengthen their child protective service agencies to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect; provide funding for domestic violence shelters and direct services to victims of domestic violence and their children; promote adoption and provide permanent homes for children, especially children with special needs; and provide services to children and families affected by substance abuse and HIV to prevent abandonment.