Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 - P.L. 93-247

Date: January 1974


S. 1191
Enacted January 31, 1974

Major Provisions of the Act

  • Provided assistance to States to develop child abuse and neglect identification and prevention programs
  • Authorized limited Government research into child abuse prevention and treatment
  • Created the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect within the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare for the following purposes:
    • Administer grant programs
    • Identify issues and areas needing special focus for new research and demonstration project activities
    • Serve as the focal point for the collection of information, improvement of programs, dissemination of materials, and information on best practices to States and localities
  • Created the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
  • Established basic State grants and demonstration grants for training personnel and to support innovative programs aimed at preventing and treating child maltreatment