40 Years of CAPTA Featured in New Online Publication

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Cover of the Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act online publication that has the headline: 40 years of Safeguarding America's CTo commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the Children’s Bureau and its Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (CB/OCAN) have developed the online publication, The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act:  40 Years of Safeguarding America’s Children.

Passage of CAPTA in 1974 marked the nation’s first major step forward in addressing issues related to child maltreatment.  The foundational legislation guiding child maltreatment policy, research and practice across the country, CAPTA identifies key issues to be addressed at the federal, state and local levels. 

It also drives the provision of training and technical assistance to states to develop child abuse and neglect identification and prevention programs and funding of research and demonstration grants. The Act has been amended several times over the decades to address issues associated with protecting children and promoting their wellbeing as science and understanding have advanced.

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act:  40 Years of Safeguarding America’s Children 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 publication is available online now at the National Conferences on Child Abuse and Neglect website, http://www.pal-tech.com/web/NCCAN/index.cfm?p=13, and through the Child Welfare Information Gateway at https://www.childwelfare.gov/.

An interactive 3-D timeline that provides an audiovisual snapshot of the 40 year arc of history that the written content covers will soon be available to accompany the online document.

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act:  40 Years of Safeguarding America’s Children is being released in conjunction with the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (19th NCCAN).  Reflections on the 40-year history of the CAPTA legislation and discussion of the future of child maltreatment policy, research and practice provide a cornerstone for this year’s conference, an event sponsored by CB/OCAN that has been held biennially since 1976. 

More information about the 19th NCCAN, including links to register for the five webcasts that open up conference participation to a virtual global audience, is available at http://www.pal-tech.com/web/NCCAN19/.  The webcasts feature the conference’s keynote presentations.  The April 30 webcast, ‘Persuasive Claims: CAPTA's Myths, Memories, and Evidence,’ features two distinguished leaders from the child maltreatment field —one a high profile advocate and the other a distinguished researcher—reflecting on the history, significance, and potential future impacts of CAPTA.

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