Congressman Andy Levin Votes to Strengthen Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Laws

May 20, 2019
Press Release
The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act is a response to the rise in child maltreatment that coincides with the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the Education and Labor Committee, today voted to pass bipartisan legislation to better prevent child abuse and treat survivors. The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA) would help states address the recent rise in child abuse and neglect by providing strategic networks of prevention services and improve the quality of child protective services.

“We know how to prevent child mistreatment; now we must provide the funding to make it happen,” said Congressman Andy Levin. “Stronger CAPTA is the comprehensive answer to a growing problem that endangers children around the country. Under Chairman Scott’s leadership, the House Education and Labor Committee delivered an effective bill to the House Floor that will reinforce strong families all over the country.”

Stronger CAPTA supports the development of strategies and best practices for reducing rates of child abuse and neglect linked to parents with substance abuse disorder. The bill also addresses racial bias across the child welfare system and ensures that prevention services are accessible to all families.