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May 2011Vol. 12, No. 4Highlights of the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010

A recent article published by the American Bar Association (ABA) reviews the major provisions of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) reauthorization and discusses how child welfare system advocates should prepare for its effect on practice. "The CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010: What Advocates Should Know," by Howard Davidson, Director of the ABA's Center on Children and the Law, presents the "bottom line" regarding the effects of the Act in areas such as:

  • Differential response
  • Background check requirements
  • Referrals for newborns with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Permanency planning for sexually abused children
  • School attendance for homeless children
  • Family and youth involvement in decision-making and system reform
  • Collaboration with domestic violence and substance abuse services
  • Case tracking technology and data collection
  • Knowledge development and training

The article was published in ABA Child Law Practice, Volume 29(12), and is available online by subscription:

Related Items:

Children's Bureau Express first covered the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010 in "Congress Reauthorizes CAPTA" (February 2011).

An article published on the website of the ABA Children's Rights Litigation Section earlier this year provides similar highlights of the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010. Read more in