Child Safety – H.Con.Res.72


Expressing the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications, and that State courts should improve adjudications of custody where family violence is alleged.

H.Con.Res. 72, which expresses the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications, and that state courts should improve adjudications of custody issues in instances where family violence is alleged. This legislation was introduced by Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.)

“An estimated 58,000 American children are ordered by our courts into the custody of abusive parents, in many cases over the objections of another parent,” said Congressman Meehan, a former local and federal prosecutor. “As a result, too many kids face trauma, injury or even death that could have been prevented by improved custody and visitation adjudications. This resolution makes it clear that the top priority in any such adjudication is the safety of the child involved and it will encourage states to develop standards that will help keep our courts from inadvertently delivering children into the hands of abusive parents.”

“In child custody cases the safety and wellbeing of the child should always be the first priority,” said Rep. Maloney. “It is unacceptable that any child be placed in a home with an abusive parent. This important resolution will give state courts the encouragement and guidance they need to resolve all claims of domestic abuse before turning to the issue of custody.”

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UPDATE Sep. 30, 2018
The United States House of Representative has passed H. Con. Res. 72!
We must continue forward with new bills and advocate for all states to adopt new legislation that ensures the resolve of H. Con. Res. 72. For now we are exhaling before our next steps with the US Senate for this resolution.
Thank you for being a village to protect children, advocate for change and be steadfast all these years. This is the beginning of immeasurable change!
While this is a concurrent resolution, meaning it needs to pass in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, this acceptance and passing in the House already allows advocates to take this home to their own states and push for new laws at the request of Congress.
It is important all hold off on contact the Senate until the core team has been able to finalize the communication and timing needed. We appreciate your patience. It is imperative we do this correctly to ensure the passage of this resolution. In the meantime, please thank of of the U.S. House Representatives who did sponsor and cosponsor this in the House.