[USC02] 34 USC 20321: Findings
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34 USC 20321: Findings Text contains those laws in effect on October 16, 2019
From Title 34-CRIME CONTROL AND LAW ENFORCEMENTSubtitle II-Protection of Children and Other PersonsCHAPTER 203-VICTIMS OF CHILD ABUSESUBCHAPTER II-COURT-APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE PROGRAM

§20321. Findings

The Congress finds that-

(1) Court Appointed Special Advocates, who may serve as guardians ad litem, are trained volunteers appointed by courts to advocate for the best interests of children who are involved in the juvenile and family court system due to abuse or neglect; and

(2) in 2003, Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers represented 288,000 children, more than 50 percent of the estimated 540,000 children in foster care because of substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect.

( Pub. L. 101–647, title II, §215, Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 4794 ; Pub. L. 109–162, title I, §112(a), Jan. 5, 2006, 119 Stat. 2985 .)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 13011 of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare, prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.

Amendments

2006-Pars. (1), (2). Pub. L. 109–162 added pars. (1) and (2) and struck out former pars. (1) and (2), which read as follows:

"(1) the National Court-Appointed Special Advocate provides training and technical assistance to a network of 13,000 volunteers in 377 programs operating in 47 States; and

"(2) in 1988, these volunteers represented 40,000 children, representing approximately 15 percent of the estimated 270,000 cases of child abuse and neglect in juvenile and family courts."