Increase Funds to Prevent Child Abuse

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On March 16, the House of Representatives, by a bipartisan vote of 345-73, approved H.R. 485, the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). Now it is time for the Senate to act to reauthorize the programs, and for both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to provide $750 million to increase funding for the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention grants. This crucial investment in American families will support resources at the local community level which mitigate the many challenges and stress which parents and caregivers are facing right now, such as decreased wages or loss of work, lack of childcare, and housing instability.

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act programs reflect the entire continuum of support to children, parents, and families from primary prevention strategies at the heart of the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention grants to the State grant program which focuses on identification and treatment of abuse and neglect.

The Community-Based grants are designed to help families get the support they need before harm occurs, including voluntary evidence-based home visiting services, community-based parent support programs, early childhood and child care programs, family resource centers, distribution of food and medicine, and coordination and connection with mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence services. All 50 states receive this funding to meet the needs of local communities.