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The following are key provisions of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, which was introduced in the House today by Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Levin, accompanied by Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman
Title I: Protecting Youth at Risk of Sex Trafficking
* Requires state child welfare agencies to identify, document, and determine appropriate services for children in foster care or who are otherwise involved in the child welfare system who are victims of child sex trafficking or at risk of becoming victims.
* Requires state child welfare agencies to promote "normalcy" for youth in foster care so these children can more easily participate in age appropriate social, scholastic and enrichment activities.
Title II: Improving Adoption Incentives
* Improves the adoption incentives program and extends it for three years.
Title III: Improving International Child Support Recovery
* Requires states to make necessary changes to implement the
* Requires data standardization within the child support enforcement program, improving administration. This would streamline the child support programs with TANF, child welfare,
* Requires all states to implement electronic processing of income withholding, as most states already do; this will improve the collection of child support and save taxpayers
* Creates a task force to explore ways to improve the effectiveness of the child support enforcement program.
Overall, the entire bill would save
Speaking about the introduction of the bill, House Ways and Means Chairman Camp said: "Children in foster care deserve a place to call home, not just for a few months or years but for good. Having focused on adoption since arriving in
House Ways and Means Ranking Member Levin said: "This bipartisan legislation takes important steps to safeguard the well-being of at-risk children by protecting them from exploitation, promoting permanent homes for foster children, and strengthening the enforcement of child support obligations across international borders."
House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Reichert said: "No child should ever have to experience the horrors of sex trafficking--especially those in foster care whom we have pledged to protect. For too many kids in foster care, we are not living up to that promise today. We owe it to these children to ensure our nation's foster care system does all it can to protect them so they can live safe, happy, and successful lives. This bill will not just ensure states protect these children from sex trafficking, but it will also ensure youth in foster care experience a real childhood and enjoy those things every child should have the opportunity to do, such as being involved in school activities, playing sports, and spending time with friends. This legislation represents an important step forward in improving the lives of our most vulnerable children, and I hope the
House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Doggett said: "Much more is needed to protect vulnerable children, but this bill represents a constructive step forward."
The text of the legislation is available here (http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CST_Adoption_CSE_Introduction_062514.pdf).
A CBO score of the legislation is available here (http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CBO_Estimate_HR_4980_Preventing_Sex_Trafficking_20140626.pdf).
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