The Stop Institutional Child Abuse Act (formerly Accountability for Congregate Care Act) will address systemic weaknesses across multiple agencies and systems that increase reliance on congregate care and subject youth to abuse and neglect.
The passage of this Act will create a uniform Youth in Congregate Care Bill of Rights for all youth in congregate care regardless of which public or private pipeline they entered the facility.
This Bill of Rights will create a standard for the SICAA Joint Commission to lead an interdisciplinary program of research, in consultation with other Federal agencies, recognized experts in the field, and advocates. Through this research, the Joint Commission will advise on best practices to reduce congregate care placement, understand the nature and scope of institutional abuse, and consult with States on the closure of facilities that are unable to meet standards within the Youth in Congregate Care Bill of Rights.
By supporting the passage of SICAA, funds will be created to mend systemic issues that have led to our current failures in youth and family services. The main goal being to not only establish understood rights, but to lift the walls of our largest systems and work together to provide youth with the tools and opportunities to have the brilliant futures they deserve.