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Story CAPTA (1974) 5-5

Chapter 2   Assistance to States & Tribes

Photo of a blue ribbon with the words Prevent Child Abuse in yellow
CAPTA (1974) – The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 was passed in response to growing recognition of the problem of children who were being abused or neglected by their caregivers.

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 (NCCAN – now the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect within the Children’s Bureau)
  • Created the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (now the Bureau’s Child Welfare Information Gateway)
  • Established Basic State Grants and Demonstration Grants for training personnel and support programs to prevent and treat child abuse


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