Senate Bill 2961
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018
Became Law
Amendments
Became Law
Became Public Law 115-424 on Jan 7, 2019
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
May 24, 2018
Latest Action
Jan 7, 2019
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
2961
Congress
115
Policy Area
Crime and Law Enforcement
Crime and Law Enforcement
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Sponsorship by Party
Missouri
Mississippi
Delaware
Illinois
Indiana
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Alabama
Nebraska
New Hampshire
North Carolina
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Passed
December 11, 2018
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
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Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S7450-7452)
Summary

Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018

(Sec. 2) This bill reauthorizes for FY2019-FY2023 grants for local and regional children's advocacy centers (CACs), as well as for technical assistance and training. CACs coordinate a multidisciplinary response to child abuse.

The bill adds a new finding specifying the need for state chapters of CAC networks (1) to help local communities coordinate their multidisciplinary services, and (2) to provide oversight of, and training and technical assistance in, the effective delivery of evidence-informed programming.

It modifies grants for regional CACs, including

  • to add, as a new program objective, collaboration with state chapters; and
  • to require regional CACs to assist local CACs, multidisciplinary teams, and state chapters, in addition to communities.

It also modifies grants for local CACs, including

  • to add, as a new grant purpose, promoting the effective delivery of the evidence-informed Children's Advocacy Model and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse;
  • to allow grants to support direct services for victims of human trafficking, in addition to victims of child pornography; and
  • to require a portion of grants to be distributed to state chapters.

The Department of Justice must report annually on efforts to monitor and evaluate the program activities of regional CACs and the extent to which both urban and rural populations are served by the regional CAC program.

(Sec. 3) The bill provides immunity from civil and criminal liability under federal, state, and local law for people who make good-faith reports of child abuse or neglect or who provide related information or assistance.


Text (4)
December 11, 2018
September 18, 2018
Amendments (1)
Dec 11, 2018
Agreed to in Senate
2
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 4074
To adjust the authorization of appropriations.
Agreed To
Public Record
Created
May 25, 2018 4:56:14 AM
Updated
Dec 15, 2020 5:59:31 PM