Rep. Schrier’s Bipartisan Bill To Prevent Child Abuse Moves to House Floor

May 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08)’s bipartisan bill to strengthen federal efforts to prevent and treat child abuse will now move to the House floor after a vote in the Education and Labor Committee today. The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA) will combat the rising rates of child maltreatment happening as the opioid crisis has devastated families and communities across the country.

“Child neglect and child abuse are always tragic Even one death at the hands of an abuser is devastating. As a pediatrician, I am trained to identify potential instances of child abuse and neglect,” said Rep. Schrier. “Too often we react to child abuse after the fact. This bill helps us do everything we can to prevent it. That is why I’m proud to introduce Stronger CAPTA, which will provide resources to families and states to help prevent child abuse and neglect, including for children affected by the opioid crisis.”

The Stronger CAPTA shifts the focus toward prevention by helping states to build networks of cost-effective, locally driven services to prevent child abuse. The bill also supports evidence-based strategies to treat and prevent child abuse by improving the sharing of quality data to better understand the scope of child abuse and neglect, and ensure victims do not fall through the cracks.  

Rep. Schrier’s bicameral, bipartisan bill Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse and Prevent Fatalities Act that was introduced in April is included in the Stronger CAPTA. The Early Detection to Stop Infant Abuse and Prevent Fatalities Act will require new and expanded trainings on signs of infant abuse to be offered to child care workers, day care workers, and teachers who interact with children daily.

Stronger CAPTA passed the Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday and will soon be debated on the House Floor.