Federal Legislation
November 19, 2002

H.R. 5601—Keeping Children and Families Safety Act of 2002

Action Requested:
None at this time.


Official purpose: to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, to make improvements to and reauthorize programs under that Act, and for other purposes.

Introduced October 10, 2002 by Rep. Peter Hoekstra (MI-2)


10/10/2002:Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Committee on Education and the Workforce discharged. Rep. Dick Armey (TX-26) asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider. On passage Passed without objection. Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10/15/2002:Received in the Senate.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
Both the House and Senate introduced CAPTA legislation in 2002. However, the House version (H.R. 3839) and the Senate version (S. 2998) have very different language - the Senate version having weaker amendments. Due to the fact the 107th Congress is coming to an end, very little time remains for Congress to reconcile these two bills. Realizing this, Congress agreed to find middle ground to avoid taking the CAPTA legislation into conference. With this change HSLDA began actively lobbying for a final bill that would not compromise the important amendments that were included in H.R. 3839.

H.R. 5601 is the legislative bill agreed to by both the House and Senate. It has passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate before too long. HSLDA supports H.R. 5601, but will continue to monitor this issue draws to a conclusion.

HSLDA has been working with House Congressional staff to amend present CAPTA law in order to protect parent's rights during child abuse investigations.

 Related Legislation and Resources
H.R. 5601 (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

 Other Resources

H.R. 3839: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

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

HSLDA Suggests Guidelines to Prevent Social Services Abuse

Testimony of Christopher J. Klicka - Hearing on the Reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Hearing on "Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect: Policy Directions for the Future"

Select Education Subcommittee Hears Testimony on How to Improve Child Abuse Prevention Law