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Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act


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Public Law No: 115-196 (07/07/2018)

[115th Congress Public Law 196]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]



[[Page 132 STAT. 1511]]

Public Law 115-196
115th Congress

                                 An Act


 
To establish a Federal Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising 
           Grandchildren. <<NOTE: July 7, 2018 -  [S. 1091]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE:
.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Supporting Grandparents Raising 
Grandchildren Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
(1) More than 2,500,000 grandparents in the United States 
are the primary caretaker of their grandchildren, and experts 
report that such numbers are increasing as the opioid epidemic 
expands.
(2) Between 2009 and 2016, the incidence of parental alcohol 
or other drug use as a contributing factor for children's out-
of-home placement rose from 25.4 to 37.4 percent.
(3) When children cannot remain safely with their parents, 
placement with relatives is preferred over placement in foster 
care with nonrelatives because placement with relatives provides 
stability for children and helps them maintain family 
connections.
(4) The number of foster children placed with a grandparent 
or other relative increased from 24 percent in 2006 to 32 
percent in 2016, according to data from the Department of Health 
and Human Services.
(5) Grandparents' lives are enhanced by caring for their 
grandchildren; the overwhelming majority of grandparents report 
experiencing significant benefits in serving as their 
grandchildren's primary caregivers.
(6) Providing full-time care to their grandchildren may 
decrease grandparents' ability to address their own physical and 
mental health needs and personal well-being.
(7) Grandparents would benefit from better coordination and 
dissemination of information and resources available to support 
them in their caregiving responsibilities.
SEC. 3. ADVISORY COUNCIL TO SUPPORT GRANDPARENTS RAISING 
GRANDCHILDREN.
(a) Establishment.--There is established an Advisory Council to 
Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.
(b) Membership.--
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(1) In general.--The Advisory Council shall be composed of 
the following members, or their designee:
(A) The Secretary of Health and Human Services.
(B) The Secretary of Education.
(C) The Administrator of the Administration for 
Community Living.
(D) The Director of the Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention.
(E) The Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and 
Substance Use.
(F) The Assistant Secretary for the Administration 
for Children and Families.
(G) A grandparent raising a grandchild.
(H) An older relative caregiver of children.
(I) As appropriate, the head of other Federal 
departments, or agencies, identified by the Secretary of 
Health and Human Services as having responsibilities, or 
administering programs, relating to current issues 
affecting grandparents or other older relatives raising 
children.
(2) Lead agency.--The Department of Health and Human 
Services shall be the lead agency for the Advisory Council.
(c) Duties.--
(1) In general.--
(A) Information. <<NOTE: Public information.>> --The 
Advisory Council shall identify, promote, coordinate, 
and disseminate to the public information, resources, 
and the best practices available to help grandparents 
and other older relatives--
(i) meet the health, educational, nutritional, 
and other needs of the children in their care; and
(ii) maintain their own physical and mental 
health and emotional well-being.
(B) Opioids.--In carrying out the duties described 
in subparagraph (A), the Advisory Council shall consider 
the needs of those affected by the opioid crisis.
(C) Native americans.--In carrying out the duties 
described in subparagraph (A), the Advisory Council 
shall consider the needs of members of Native American 
tribes.
(2) Report.--
(A) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the 
date of enactment of this Act, the Advisory Council 
shall submit a report to--
(i) the appropriate committees;
(ii) the State agencies that are responsible 
for carrying out family caregiver programs; and
(iii) the public online in an accessible 
format.
(B) Report format.--The report shall include--
(i) best practices, resources, and other 
useful information for grandparents and other 
older relatives raising children identified under 
paragraph (1)(A) including, if applicable, any 
information related to the needs of children who 
have been impacted by the opioid epidemic;
(ii) an identification of any gaps in items 
under clause (i); and
(iii) where applicable, identification of any 
additional Federal legislative authority necessary 
to implement the activities described in clause 
(i) and (ii).
[[Page 132 STAT. 1513]]
(3) Follow-up report.--Not later than 2 years after the date 
on which the report required under paragraph (2)(A) is 
submitted, the Advisory Council shall submit a follow-up report 
that includes the information identified in paragraph (2)(B) 
to--
(A) the appropriate committees;
(B) the State agencies that are responsible for 
carrying out family caregiver programs; and
(C) <<NOTE: Public information. Web posting.>>  the 
public online in an accessible format.
(4) Public input.--
(A) In general.--The Advisory Council shall 
establish a process for public input to inform the 
development of, and provide updates to, the best 
practices, resources, and other information described in 
paragraph (1) that shall include--
(i) outreach to States, local entities, and 
organizations that provide information to, or 
support for, grandparents or other older relatives 
raising children; and
(ii) outreach to grandparents and other older 
relatives with experience raising children.
(B) Nature of outreach.--Such outreach shall ask 
individuals to provide input on--
(i) information, resources, and best practices 
available, including identification of any gaps 
and unmet needs; and
(ii) <<NOTE: Recommenda- tions.>>  
recommendations that would help grandparents and 
other older relatives better meet the health, 
educational, nutritional, and other needs of the 
children in their care, as well as maintain their 
own physical and mental health and emotional well-
being.
(d) FACA.--The Advisory Council shall be exempt from the 
requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.).
(e) Funding.--No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated 
to carry out this Act.
(f) Sunset.--The Advisory Council shall terminate on the date that 
is 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS.
In this Act:
(1) Advisory council.--In this Act, the term ``Advisory 
Council'' means the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents 
Raising Grandchildren that is established under section 3.
(2) Appropriate committees.--In this Act, the term 
``appropriate committees'' means the following:
(A) The Special Committee on Aging of the Senate.
(B) The Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and 
Pensions of the Senate.
(C) The Committee on Education and the Workforce of 
the House of Representatives.
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(D) The Committee on Energy and Commerce of the 
House of Representatives.
Approved July 7, 2018.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 1091:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 164 (2018):
Mar. 22, considered and passed Senate.
June 13, considered and passed House, amended.
June 21, Senate concurred in House amendments.
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Christine Crosby

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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