Child Abuse Amendments of 1984

  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
You may use the stars on the left to rate and leave feedback for the current article. No registration is required. Waiting for 5 votes 0.0 of 5 stars (0 votes) — Thanks for your vote

Please fill out the following optional information before submitting your rating:

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

Visitor Comments (0) - Be the first to comment
Adding your comments contributes to the adoption community. Please keep all comments on topic and civil. Visitors are invited to comment and vote for or flag comments based on appropriateness and helpfulness. All comments must adhere to our commenting rules and are subject to moderation.

To see local Adoption resources, please select a location (U.S. only):

Need a Home Study?
Adoption Photolisting
Jade (PA / 17 / F)
Jade is a very outgoing, independent, and smart young lady. She takes any situation and tries to make it positive and tries to see the best in others. After finishing high school,... [more]
Parent Profiles
Family of 3 looking to grow! Open adoption became a part of our lives in 2010 with the birth of our son. We understand the courage and inner strength it takes to consider... [more]
Directory of Adoption Professionals
Find a professional
for all of your adoption needs including:

Note: Our authors are dedicated to honest, engaged, informed, intelligent, and open conversation about adoption. The opinions expressed here may not reflect the views of

Settings Help Feedback
Template Settings
Width: 1024     1280
Choose a Location:
Choose a Theme: