S.667 - Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY] (Introduced 03/04/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Finance|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 03/04/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.667 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (03/04/2015)
Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2015
Prohibits the federal government, and any state that receives federal funding for any program that provides child welfare services under part B (Child and Family Services) or part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act (SSAct), from discriminating or taking an adverse action against a child welfare service provider that declines to provide, facilitate, or refer for a child welfare service that conflicts with the provider's sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.
Bars such prohibition from applying to SSAct requirements that forbid state entities from denying or delaying adoption or foster care placements on the basis of an adoptive parent's or a child's race, color, or national origin.
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to withhold 15% of the federal funds that a state receives for such programs if the state violates this Act.
Allows an aggrieved child welfare service provider to assert such an adverse action violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and to obtain all appropriate relief (including declaratory relief, injunctive relief, compensatory damages, and reasonable attorney's fees and costs).