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Federal Inter-Agency Work Group on Child Abuse & Neglect

Published: August 30, 2012
Child Abuse & Neglect
FEDIAWG, Work Group

About the Work Group

The amendments to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 1988 created a Federal Inter-Agency Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. The Task Force consisted of approximately 30 member agencies drawn from the eight Cabinet Departments and the Office of Personnel Management. The Director of the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) was the statutory chairperson of the Task Force.

When the 1996 CAPTA amendments created an Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, replacing the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN), it also eliminated the requirement for a Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.

However, the existing Task Force members agreed that it was important to maintain the connections and to continue their work. The name was changed to Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect as Task Forces have specific meanings and requirements under Federal law.

Current Activities

Since 1996, the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect has continued to lead and coordinate the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Child Abuse and Neglect (FEDIAWG). Over 40 Federal agencies are represented. The FEDIAWG meets in-person on a quarterly basis and various Subcommittees meet on a more regular basis via conference calls. The overall goals of the FEDIAWG are:

  • To provide a forum through which staff from relevant Federal agencies can communicate and exchange ideas concerning child maltreatment related programs and activities;
  • To collect information about Federal child maltreatment  activities; and
  • To provide a basis for collective action through which funding and resources can be maximized.

There are three Subcommittees and related workgroups:

Domestic Violence Subcommittee
Prevention Subcommittee
Research Subcommittee: NIH Child Abuse and Neglect Working Group

Agency Highlights

  • Children's Bureau 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
    "Celebrating the Past, Imagining the Future"
    April 16 to 20, 2012
    Washington, DC
    Contact Pal Tech for more information.


The Prevention Subcommittee presents monthly webinars related to child abuse and neglect prevention and related issues. For more information contact Jean Nussbaum.


We will be adding the FEDIAWG Portal. It will allow member agencies to share information on their programs and initiatives. It will also offer meeting agendas and minutes from previous meetings. Members may sign in for previous meeting agendas, topics, and minutes. Login will be required.

Below are scheduled meeting dates:
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Meetings are held from 8:30am to 12 noon at Conference Center, 20 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Work Group Members

The following Departments and their subsequent Program Offices are members of the Interagency Workgroup:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of the Interior
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of State