Child Abuse Amendments of 1984

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P.L. 98-457; amended CAPTA

Enacted 1974; Also Amended 1978, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2003

For a summary of the Act visit:|TOM:/bss/d098query.html

Reasons Bill Initiated

  • CAPTA needed reauthorization.


  • To reauthorize and expand the scope of CAPTA legislation.
    * To provide for the study of incidents involving denial of nutrition, medically indicated treatment, care, or appropriate social services to infants at risk with life-threatening congenital impairments.
  • To facilitate the adoption of such infants.

Services Provided/Measures Taken

  • Required States to have in place procedures with State protective systems to respond to the reporting of medical neglect, including instances of withholding medically indicated treatment from disabled infants with life-threatening conditions.
  • Directed HHS to develop regulations, and to provide training and technical assistance needed by care providers to carry out the provisions of the Act.
  • Required State-level programs to facilitate adoption opportunities for disabled infants with life-threatening conditions.
  • Provided for the establishment and operation of a Federal adoption and foster care data-gathering and analysis system.

Credits: National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

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