Legislation

In order to establish federal laws, legislation must be enacted by Congress. Various pieces of legislation form the foundation for federal child welfare law, such as titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act.

The following resources provide information about federal child welfare legislation, including the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA):

The following are examples of recently passed child welfare legislation:

  • P.L. 112-34 - Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act of 2011
  • P.L. 111-320 - CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010
  • P.L. 111-148 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • P.L. 110-351 - Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
  • P.L. 109-432 - Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
  • P.L. 109-288 - Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006
  • P.L. 109-248 - Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006
  • P.L. 109-239 - Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006
  • P.L. 109-171 - Deficit Reduction Act of 2005
  • P.L. 109-113 - Fair Access Foster Care Act of 2005.
  • P.L. 108-36 - The Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003
  • P.L. 107-133 - Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001
  • P.L. 106-314 - Strengthening Abuse and Neglect Courts Act of 2000
  • P.L. 106-279 - Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000
  • P.L. 106-177 - Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act, 2000 
  • P.L. 106-169 - Foster Care Independence Act of 1999
  • P.L. 105-89 - Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997
  • P.L. 104-235 - Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, as Amended, 1996
  • P.L. 104-188 - Interethnic Adoption Provisions (IEPA) of the Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996