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Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act  
40 Years of Safeguarding America’s Children

Passage of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) in 1974 marked the nation’s first major step forward in addressing issues related to child maltreatment.  To commemorate CAPTA’s 40th anniversary, the Children’s Bureau and its Office on Child Abuse and Neglect have developed The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act: 40 Years of Safeguarding America’s Children.
 
This online publication combines historical source materials with contemporary reflections on the impact of the legislation from leaders in the field.  Child protection, child welfare, and social service policymakers, practitioners, researchers, students, and all those interested in the story of child protection in America will find it an invaluable resource.

The story of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is one of interrelationships among advocates, researchers, policymakers, and public and private agencies. At times a story of challenges and obstacles, this rich history is ultimately one of cooperation and collaboration in addressing the critical issue of child maltreatment. It is a story told by the pioneers, past and present: Those who have led the field of child maltreatment research and practice, as well as those who continue to respond to the daily challenges of ensuring that children have an opportunity to grow into healthy and productive adults.

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