Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978 - P.L. 95-266

Date: April 1978


H.R. 6693
Enacted April 24, 1978

Major Provisions of the Act

  • Required following of the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect within the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare:
    • Develop a comprehensive plan for facilitating the coordination of activities among agencies
    • Establish research priorities for making grants
    • Set aside funds to establish centers for the prevention, identification, and treatment of child sexual abuse
  • Established the Adoption Opportunities program to achieve the following:
    • Facilitate the placement of children with special needs in permanent adoptive homes
    • Promote quality standards for adoptive placement and the rights of adopted children
    • Provide for a national adoption information exchange system
  • Provided for annual summaries of research on child abuse and neglect