Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Law and Legal Definition

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is a federal legislation enacted in 1974 and can be found under Title 42, Chapter 67 of the U.S. Code. CAPTA provides limited funding to states for preventing, assessing and identifying, investigating and treating child abuse and neglect. CAPTA was amended in 1996 to provide emphasis on child safety. The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect under the Department of Health and Human Services was established pursuant to the provisions of CAPTA. Studying child abuse cases, conducting research into its causes, and making grants to agencies for the study, prevention, and treatment of child abuse are some of the functions of the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.