Rep. Meadows Introduces H.R. 4983, the CHILD Act
Washington, D.C. - On Friday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced H.R. 4983, the Caring Homes and Improved Lives for Dependents (CHILD) Act—a bill that will provide opportunity and safety for children from broken homes or separated families.
The CHILD Act allows for a child that has attained 6 years of age, and is removed from their home, to be placed in a foster family or a cottage home where 12 or fewer kids live, provided a suitable relative or other designated caregiver is not available. The family caring for that child will be permitted to be eligible for foster care maintenance payments.
“Sadly, broken homes caused by poverty, addiction, or other challenges can leave children temporarily separated from their families with no home to turn to,” Rep. Meadows said. “Cottage homes and parents provide a safe, nurturing home for children. This is a bill that will give flexibility for places, like cottage homes, to provide help for children in need.
Every child deserves the chance to succeed, regardless of their family background, life circumstances, or where they come from. Putting the welfare of children first has long generated bipartisanship, and I’m hopeful that it will do so in this case, too. I urge my colleagues to join me helping children, youth, and families across North Carolina and the country by working for this common sense solution.”