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S. 3173 - Safe Home Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-06-28
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3173


    To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to include an act of unregulated custody transfer in the definition of child abuse and neglect, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 28, 2018

    Ms. Klobuchar (for herself and Mr. Blunt) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


A BILL

    To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to include an act of unregulated custody transfer in the definition of child abuse and neglect, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Safe Home Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Treatment of unregulated custody transfer.

(a) In general.—Section 3 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 note) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2)—

(A) by striking “or an act or failure” and inserting “an act or failure”; and

(B) by inserting “, or an unregulated custody transfer” after “serious harm”;

(2) in paragraph (7), by striking “; and” and inserting a semicolon;

(3) in paragraph (8), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(4) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(9) the term ‘unregulated custody transfer’ means the abandonment of a child, by the child’s parent, legal guardian, or a person or entity acting on behalf, and with the consent, of such parent or guardian—

“(A) by placing a child with a person who is not—

“(i) the child’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, adult sibling, adult uncle or aunt, legal guardian, or other relative;

“(ii) a friend of the family who is an adult and with whom the child is familiar; or

“(iii) a member of the federally recognized Indian tribe of which the child is also a member;

“(B) with the intent of severing the relationship between the child and the parent or guardian of such child; and

“(C) without—

“(i) reasonably ensuring the safety of the child and permanency of the placement of the child, including by conducting an official home study, background check, and supervision; and

“(ii) transferring the legal rights and responsibilities of parenthood or guardianship under applicable Federal and State law to a person described in subparagraph (A).”.

(b) Technical amendment.—Paragraph (5) of section 3 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 note) is amended by striking “450b” and inserting “5304”.


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