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S. 3173 (115th): Safe Home Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 28, 2018 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



2d Session

S. 3173


June 28, 2018

(for herself and Mr. Blunt) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to include an act of unregulated custody transfer in the definition of child abuse and neglect, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Safe Home Act of 2018.


Treatment of unregulated custody transfer


In general

Section 3 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 note) is amended—


in paragraph (2)—


by striking or an act or failure and inserting an act or failure; and


by inserting , or an unregulated custody transfer after serious harm;


in paragraph (7), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;


in paragraph (8), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and


by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


the term unregulated custody transfer means the abandonment of a child, by the child’s parent, legal guardian, or a person or entity acting on behalf, and with the consent, of such parent or guardian—


by placing a child with a person who is not—


the child’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, adult sibling, adult uncle or aunt, legal guardian, or other relative;


a friend of the family who is an adult and with whom the child is familiar; or


a member of the federally recognized Indian tribe of which the child is also a member;


with the intent of severing the relationship between the child and the parent or guardian of such child; and




reasonably ensuring the safety of the child and permanency of the placement of the child, including by conducting an official home study, background check, and supervision; and


transferring the legal rights and responsibilities of parenthood or guardianship under applicable Federal and State law to a person described in subparagraph (A).



Technical amendment

Paragraph (5) of section 3 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 note) is amended by striking 450b and inserting 5304.