About CAPTA: A Legislative History

Date: February 2019
About CAPTA: A Legislative History

Series Title: Factsheet

Author(s): Information Gateway

Year Published: 2019

File Size: 612 KB

This factsheet summarizes the legislative history and purpose of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the key Federal legislation addressing child abuse and neglect. CAPTA was originally enacted in P.L. 93-247 and was most recently amended on January 7, 2019, by the Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-424). CAPTA provides Federal funding to States in support of prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities and also provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, for demonstration programs and projects. 

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2019). About CAPTA: a legislative history. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.

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