The Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act Essay

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The Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA), was first created in 1974 and has gone through several reauthorization throughout the years, that have established states’ responsibilities to help with the supervision and enhancement of children’s welfare, safety, and overall developmental growth. CAPTA establishes a federal definition of child abuse and neglect and has set guidelines to help states reform there laws, policies, and practices that evolve around children’s well being. CAPTA provides Federal funding to states to help “support of prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecuting, and treatment activities and also provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organization, including Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, for demonstration programs and projects” (ChildInformationGateway.com 1). Since 1974, CAPTA has given funds for state grant programs that maintain child protection interventions when needed. By 1978 the first report of the Federal Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect was published. Child abuse and neglect became such a main focus that in April 1982, was the first national child abuse prevention week, and the following year President Ronald Reagan proclaimed April to be the first national child abuse prevention month which continues today (childwelfare.gov). The 1996 reauthorization of CAPTA, terminated the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and Created the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) in the children’s bureau to…

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