As the father of two young children, Congressman Schiff has been a dedicated advocate for child safety and believes we should always demand the best when it comes to protecting our young people. For this reason, he introduced the Child Protection Improvements Act.
There are thousands of community based groups working around our nation to provide mentoring, tutoring and assistance to young people, and they rely on volunteers to provide those services. These groups need to be able to conduct cheap, fast and accurate background checks on prospective volunteers and employees to ensure the safety of our children.
The Child Protection Improvements Act creates just such a system by using the FBI's fingerprint-based database to ensure a volunteer's fitness to work with children. The bill builds on an existing 6-year-old pilot program, which has run more than 60,000 background checks since 2003 for less than $20 each. Under the pilot, 6 percent of applicants have been found to have serious criminal histories, including crimes against children and sexual assaults, demonstrating that the program serves a vital role in protecting kids.
The House of Representatives passed the Child Protection Improvements Act on a strong, bipartisan vote in 2010, and Schiff will be working to enact the bill in the 112th Congress.