Reps. Bishop, Schiff Reintroduce Bipartisan Child Protection Improvements Act
“Congress has a duty to ensure every youth-serving organization in America can afford and access the very best background checks on staff and volunteers," said Bishop.
Today, Congressmen Mike Bishop (MI-08) and Adam Schiff (CA-28) reintroduced the bipartisan Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017 (CPIA), continuing their work on this legislation in the 115th Congress.
Currently, many youth-serving organizations only have access to state-level background checks on prospective staff and volunteers; CPIA would change that so organizations in every state can access national background checks – through the FBI – to ensure information is thorough and complete across state lines.
“Congress has a duty to ensure every youth-serving organization in America can afford and access the very best background checks on staff and volunteers, and doing so means utilizing the FBI’s gold-standard database,” said Rep. Bishop. “We cannot allow a single bad actor to slip through the cracks when it comes to our children’s safety. Protecting kids was a top priority of mine in the Michigan Senate, and I am proud to continue working with Congressman Schiff on this important effort.”
“When parents send their children to after-school programs, sports camps, or to be with mentors, they must be able to trust that their children are in safe hands,” Rep. Schiff said. “Every organization that serves our youth should have access to the FBI fingerprint-based background check system so they can thoroughly screen anyone who will be working with kids. The results of a multi-year pilot program strongly indicate that this system will be effective in catching child predators who try to avoid detection by moving across state lines.”
Specifically, the Child Protection Improvements Act would:
Additional co-sponsors of CPIA this year include Reps. Walberg (MI-07), Trott (MI-11), Moolenaar (MI-04), Walorski (IN-02), Sensenbrenner (WI-05), Tipton (CO-03), Conyers (MI-13), Dingell (MI-12), Jackson Lee (TX-18), Langevin (RI-02), Boyle (PA-13), Welch (VT-AL), Connolly (VA-11), Cicilline (RI-01), Lieu (CA-33), Pingree (ME-01), DeSaulnier (CA-11), Vela (TX-34), Swalwell (CA-15), Payne (NJ-10), Takano (CA-41) and Cartwright (PA-17).
Last Congress, the bill garnered support from 73 members of the House and Senate, as well as 35 national organizations, including: