The Child Protection Improvement Act (S.1362) was reintroduced in the Senate on July 24 by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). The following day it was assigned to committee, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the Senate as a whole.
NHSA members – led by the American Camp Association, MENTOR, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America – have worked for several years to get this bill passed and make effective, affordable background checks available to all child and youth service providers. Currently, there is no single all-encompassing background check database available in this country. The Child Protection Improvement Act would go a long way toward closing that gap by giving child and youth-serving organizations access to the FBI database and ensure that access is timely and affordable for nonprofits.
Click here learn more about this issue and the bill, courtesy of the American Camp Association (ACA). If you’re interested in singing your organization on in support of S.1362, contact Susan E. Yoder, Chief Public Policy and Outreach Officer at ACA at syoder@ACAcamps.org.