Congress Injects Ideology into Anti-Child Abuse Bill

In late May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that reauthorized the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) by a voice vote. The new version, H.R. 2480, the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act sponsored by U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., expands the current law’s abuse prevention outreach requirements to include “sexual and gender minority youth.” CAPTA was first passed in 1974 and was last reauthorized in 2010. Since then, the law has been amended four times. CAPTA provides federal funding and guidance to states in support with their child abuse prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and