A Timeline of Major Federal Legislation Concerned with Child Protection, Child Welfare, and Adoption includes a list of dates and events beginning with 1974 at the top and moving toward 2006 at the bottom.
The contents of the list are as follows:
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 1974, P.L. 93-247.
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978, P.L. 95-266.
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, P.L. 95-608.
Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, P.L. 96-272.
Child Abuse Amendments of 1984, P.L. 98-457.
Child Abuse Prevention, Adoption, and Family Services Act of 1988, P.L. 100-294.
Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family Services Act of 1992, P.L. 102-295.
Family Preservation and Support Services Program Act of 1993, P.L. 103-66.
Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994, P.L. 103-382.
The Interethnic Provisions of 1996 amends MEPA, P.L. 104-188.
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Amendments of 1996, P.L. 104-235.
Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, P.L. 105-89.
Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, P.L. 106-169.
Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act of 2000, P.L. 106-177.
Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, P.L. 106-279.
Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments 0f 2001*, P.L. 107-133.
Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, P.L. 108-36.
Adoption Promotion Act of 2003, P.L. 108-145.
Fair Access Foster Care Act of 2005, P.L. 109-113.
Deficit Reduction Act of 2005*, P.L. 109-171.
Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006, P.L. 109-239.
Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, P.L. 109-248.
Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, P.L. 109-288.
Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, P.L. 109-432.
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, P.L. 110-351.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148.
CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, P.L. 111-320.
Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act, P.L. 112-34.
* Some acts were enacted the year following their introduction in Congress.