S. 1091, as amended, establishes an Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. The Council includes a number of federal agencies having responsibilities or administering programs related grandparents or other older relatives raising children, and will include a grandparent and an older relative raising a grandchild. The Council shall issue a report that should include best practices, identify existing resources, and offer other useful information for grandparents and other older relatives raising children because of family circumstances, with a particular emphasis on those impacted by the opioid epidemic.
Differences between the Senate-passed bill and the House Amendment: The House Amendment terminates the Council three years after enactment, rather than five years after enactment as in the Senate bill. The House amendment makes a few changes to the membership on the Council and clarifies the process for public input. The Amendment also makes a number of technical and conforming changes and adds a findings section.