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Transcript of CAPTA

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
With Good Comes Bad
CAPTA set long and short term goals for itself. Short term goals included increasing awareness and implementing resources. Long term goals included decreasing child abuse and eventually stopping it as a whole.
What is CAPTA?
Politics Of Implentation
Pros: (Amended)
Policy Analysis
Cons: (Un-Amended)
Compatible with contemporary style?
Contribute to equity and justice?
Compatible with social work values?
Compatible with other important values in society?
Politically acceptable?
Satisfy relevant interest groups?
Scientifically sound?
Economically feasible?
Likely to generate other social problems?
Thursday, December 10, 2015
HWC 311
What is child abuse & Who is most at risk?
Child Abuse
Connection to Social Work
A child who is physically or emotionally at risk due to the failure of the guardian to sucessfully care for them

Those most at risk are under the age of 4 and those in poor urban communities

According to the Child Maltreatment 2012 report 678,810 children were abused (NASW,2015).
According to the NASW “social workers are taught that prevention should be at the front end of all interventions”
Help families identify issues whether it is individual, familial, or community issues they may encounter.
Need to make sure families are protected inside and outside the home needed to survive, and protect against abusers.
"Children have the right to be treated with respect as individuals and to receive culturally responsive services. Children have the right to express their opinions about their lives and have those opinions considered in all placement and judicial proceedings"(NASW, 2015).
"Social workers bring a unique body of knowledge, including concepts of working with people in their enviornments and the primacy of the family, understanding that helping the child means working with the whole family and with other enviormental factors in a culturally responsive way" (NASW,2015).
It aims to:
Stop child abuse at the root of the cause
Educate the public
Help the children that currently are in need of help
It provides:
Prevention and Treatment Programs
Community-based family resources
State grants
Helps children who are in homeless families or at risk of homelessness
Provide unprecedented financial assistance
Mandated creation of National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)
Resource Projects to provide training and technical assistance to state and local agencies were estabolished
Health of Children
Reauthorization Funding
CAPTA 2010
Living Testimony: Tre'Shawn
Child Help. National Child Abuse Statistics - Child Abuse in America. 2012. Web. 1 December 2015.

Protective Services
Family Preservation
Preventive and Family support
Family Reunification
Foster Care Maintanance Payments
Administrative Costs
Training Activities
Adoption Promotion and Support
Adoption Subsidy, Guardians Payments
Other Service Activities
What is Child Abuse According to CAPTA?
"Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation"

"An act or failure to act which presents an immediate risk of serious harm"
History of CAPTA
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is the main piece of federal legislaton addressing child abuse.

It puts forth a framework for defining types of child abuse and enables federal assistance for preventing, identifying and treating child abuse nationwide.

CAPTA was first enacted in 1974 and has been amended and rewritten several times.
When was CAPTA enacted, established and modified?
CAPTA was the first piece of Federal legislation to significantly impact child protection.

It was originally signed into law by President Nixon on January 31, 1974

It has been amended several times since but most recent was 2010
Adoption Opportunities
Funded programs through federal grants.
Designed to eliminate barriers.
"Interstate/Adoption Fees". To adopt and help find permanent families for children.
Increase placement of miniority children, older children, and children with special needs.
Mandates development of a national adoption and foster care data and information exchange system
Training, post legal adoption services.
Study and research outcomes.
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