S.1964 - Child Welfare Oversight and Accountability Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 10/16/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Finance|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 10/16/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1964 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (10/16/2017)
Child Welfare Oversight and Accountability Act of 2017
This bill address foster care services in state child welfare programs, including the use of private, for-profit foster care services.
Specifically, the bill:
- supports states placing children with family members, including by providing financial support to states for all children placed with family members, not just children removed from poor families;
- expands oversight of state child welfare systems, including by requiring states to annually review child fatalities from maltreatment;
- establishes workload and training standards for child welfare workers;
- requires states to assess and report to the Department of Health and Human Services on the performance of foster care providers; and
- gives an individual who is or was a child in foster care the right to seek relief in civil court if a state fails to meet certain case plan and case review requirements.