Public Law 100-505 [S. 945]: Abandoned Infants Assistance Act of 1988.
Index of Federal Child Welfare Laws
100th Congress, Washington, DC.
Published: October 18, 1988
Publication Information: 100th Congress, Washington, DC
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Public Law 100-505, the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act of 1988, was passed by the 100th Congress in response to the 10 findings which are listed in the Act. Essentially, these findings indicate that the number of infants and young children who have been exposed to drugs taken by their mothers during pregnancy has increased dramatically and a whole series of social programs need to be developed to cope with this problem. Title I, Foster Care and Residential Care of Infants and Young Children Abandoned in Hospitals, provides that the Secretary of Health and Human Services may make grants to public and nonprofit private entities for the purpose of developing, implementing, and operating projects to demonstrate methods (1) to prevent the abandonment of infants and young children; (2) to identify and address the needs of abandoned infants and young children, particularly those with acquired immune deficiency syndrome; (3) to assist such children to reside with the natural families or in foster care, as appropriate; (4) to recruit, train, and retain foster families for such children; (5) to carry out residential care programs for such children; (6) to carry out programs of respite care for families and foster families of such children; and (7) to recruit and train health and social services personnel to work in programs for such children. Title II, Medical Costs of Treatment with Respect to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, directs the Secretary to conduct a study to (1) determine cost-effective methods for providing assistance to individuals for the medical costs of treatment of conditions arising from AIDS, including determining the feasibility of risk-pool health insurance for individuals at risk of such infection; (2) determine the extent to which Federal payments under Title XIX of the Social Security Act are being expended for medical costs described in paragraph (1); and (3) provide an estimate of the extent to which such Federal payments will be expended for such medical costs during the 5-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act. Title III, General Provisions, defines the term "acquired immune deficiency syndrome."
pl 100-505; abandoned infants; boarder babies; drug exposed infants; special needs; social services; federal aid