ICYMI: Smucker Legislation to Improve Adoption Outcomes for Children Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic Advanced by House

March 25, 2021
Press Release

Washington- Rep. Smucker’s H.R. 1713, to help improve adoption outcomes for children entering the foster care system as a result of parents or guardians struggling to provide a safe home due to substance abuse, was advanced in the House of Representatives last week. It was included as a part of H.R. 485, the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act which passed by a vote of 345-73.

“I am thankful the House has advanced my legislation to help meet the needs of children entering the child welfare system as a result of parental substance abuse. Tragically, we have seen the impacts of increased fatal drug overdoses at the same time our nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. Reducing barriers to and strengthening adoption outcomes can positively impact a child’s life. I am hopeful the Senate will soon pass the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, so it may be signed into law,” said Smucker.  

According to the CDC, the U.S. experienced a twenty percent increase in fatal drug overdoses last year, with drug overdose deaths hitting the highest number ever recorded in the U.S. The spike in drug deaths may result in more children entering the child welfare system. Rep. Smucker introduced H.R. 1713 with Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14).

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