This bill would require the creation of a Federal Task Force to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren that focuses on expanding information and resources available to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. It would identify and disseminate information to help grandparents meet the health, educational, nutritional needs of the children they’re raising — in some cases because of the opioid epidemic — while also helping grandparents maintain their own physical, mental, and emotional health.
Within 180 days, the Task Force would be required to submit a report to the Special Committee on Aging and the Senate HELP Committee including best practices and resources for grandparents and other relatives raising children in their care. The report would also identify gaps in the needs of grandparents and other relatives raising such children, and the Task Force would be required to create a process for members of the public to provide their input.
The Task Force would terminate five years after this legislation’s enactment. It would be composed of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Attorney General, the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Asst. Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, and the Asst.Secretary for the Administration of Children and Families.