Federal laws and regulations provide overarching standards and guidelines for child protection, child welfare, and adoption; but each State has its own laws and regulations for child welfare matters. The following resources provide information on Federal and State laws and regulations related to the continuum of child welfare services.
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Children's Bureau (2017)
Presents the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which provides guidance to States about child protection, as amended by Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. It offers an overview of CAPTA programs, adoption opportunities, and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act.
Child Welfare Policy Manual
Conveys mandatory policies that have their basis in Federal law and/or program regulations. It also provides interpretations of Federal statutes and program regulations initiated by inquiries from State child welfare agencies or Administration for Children and Families Regional Offices.
Laws and Policies
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Provides links to Children's Bureau policy issuances; the Federal Code of Regulations; Federal, State, and Tribal laws; and other resources.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
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