Federal Legislation
October 16, 2002

S. 2998-Keeping Children and Families Safety Act of 2002

Action Requested:
None at this time.


Official purpose: A bill to reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978, and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act of 1988, and for other purposes.

Introduced September 24, 2002 by Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)



09/24/2002:Introduced in Senate. Sent to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
09/25/2002:In Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
9/30/2002:Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Reported by Senator Kennedy with amendments. With written report No. 107-292.
9/30/2002:Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 622.
10/17/2002:Introductory remarks on measure.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA has been working with House Congressional staff to amend present CAPTA law in order to protect parent's rights during child abuse investigations. In mid September the Senate took up its own version of CAPTA (S. 2998). A review of S. 2998's language revealed weak protections and watered down amendments. HSLDA does not support S. 2998 and will continue to fight to keep our language in the final bill.

See: H.R. 5601

 Other Resources

S. 2998 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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