Child Welfare Information Gateway is celebrating 10 years as the trusted Federal information source for all things child welfare-related. Since 2006—when the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse merged with the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information—Information Gateway has had the privilege of serving as the go-to source for child welfare professionals, administrators, policymakers, and families.
Over the last decade, Information Gateway's mission has been to build the knowledge base on child welfare, fulfilling an integral part of the work of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau by connecting service providers with the information they need to improve outcomes for children and families.
The first major statute governing modern child welfare, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon in 1974, and the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information launched in 1975. The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse was created in 1988. See a historical timeline of modern child welfare and Information Gateway work below: