Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 (CAPTA)

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) provides minimum standards for defining physical abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse that States must incorporate in their statutory definitions to receive Federal funds. Originally enacted in 1974, CAPTA provides Federal funding to States for prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities, as well as grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for demonstration programs and projects.

Additionally, CAPTA identifies the Federal role in supporting research, evaluation, technical assistance, and data collection activities. Since it was signed into law, CAPTA has been amended and reauthorized several times, most recently on December 20, 2010, by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010. Information on the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010 is available online here.

Additional information about CAPTA is available on the following Web sites.