WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWTI) — A local Congresswoman has joined an effort to help prevent and treat child abuse in the North Country and nationwide.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced on Monday that she joined a bipartisan group that focuses on the prevention and treatment of child abuse cases. The group is comprised of Education and Labor Committee Members and will focus on introducing the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.

According to Stefanik, the new legislation would strengthen efforts on a national scale to prevent child abuse. Stronger CAPTA includes an amendment to authorize and fund a National Child Abuse Hotline.

Congresswoman Stefanik issued the following statement regarding Monday’s announcement.

I am very proud to reintroduce the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, a much-needed, bipartisan bill to address the unacceptable rise in child abuse cases across the country. This bill will provide funding to improve the quality of child protective services, increase collaboration between states, and strengthen support for families in New York’s 21st Congressional District. It also includes an amendment that I co-authored to authorize and fund a National Child Abuse Hotline. Unfortunately, at a time when fewer children are in the classroom due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this bill is more important than ever.