The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is a federal law that provides grants to states to support the prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse and neglect. This brief provides background information, summarizes the law, provides national and state-specific funding levels, and considers CAPTA’s place in the broader approach to federal child welfare financing and programs to keep children safe, strengthen vulnerable families and support strong communities.

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