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May 2008Vol. 9, No. 4Legal Resources on Information Gateway

As a service of the Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare professionals to a variety of important information, including information on Federal and State laws and policies. Recent updates include:

Major Federal Legislation Concerned With Child Protection, Child Welfare, and Adoption has been updated and is available on Information Gateway's website. This publication provides a framework for understanding the Federal legislation that has shaped the delivery of child welfare services and presents a timeline of Federal legislation since 1974 that has had a significant impact on the field. An overview of each act and its major provisions are included.

A new feature allows users to search Major Federal Legislation for specific child welfare laws. For the search feature, visit:

In addition, Information Gateway has an updated Laws & Policies section on its website that includes new information on mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect, and, specifically, clergy members as mandatory reporters. Links to individual State statutes information and printable PDF versions also are available via these webpages: