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S. 1091 (115th): Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act


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.

Last updated Jun 12, 2018. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jul 8, 2018.


Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act

(Sec. 3) This bill establishes an Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. The council must identify, promote, coordinate, and publicly disseminate information and resources to help older relatives meet the needs of the children in their care and maintain their own health and emotional well-being.

The council must report on the information and resources.

The bill terminates the council after three years.