Child Abuse Prevention And Treatment Act 1974

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On January 31, 1974, President Ricard Nixon signed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, also known as CAPTA, into law. This law was introduced by Vice President Walter Mondale on March 13, 1973 and its purpose was to provide financial assistance for the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect and to establish the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, also known as NCCAN. As it was written in the website National Low Income Housing Coalition, this act also created two types of federal grant programs: basic grants to states and demonstration grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations (nlihc.org). Before the passage of Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act in 1974, all fifty states had…show more content…
Furthermore, the Children’s Defense Fund is an interest group that advocates the wellbeing of children and ensures that they will not be abused nor neglected (votesmart.org). The Iron Triangle served the purpose of having the voice of the interest groups heard for the formation of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act along with the multiple amendments formulated since 1974. Congress then provides legitimacy to the Bureaucracy who ensures that the U.S Government departments that support and share information about the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Children and Families, carry out an organized and effective system to ensure that the job is getting done adequately. In return the Bureaucracy grants Congress policy choices and the interest groups with special favors in terms of facilitating the bureaucratic system in place at those government…show more content…
Also, the act is a constituent policy since it was created to help prevent, treat and identify child abuse and neglect. The act that was enacted difference that the act that was implemented because there are modifications that take place to ensure that the act is applicable to the present events. Furthermore, everything is better said than done. Therefore, when this act was implemented it proposed that the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare establish the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and that the Secretary make grants and contracts with public agencies and nonprofit private organizations. However, in 1996, the reauthorization of CAPTA abolished NCCAN and created an Office on Child Abuse and Neglect within the Children’s Bureau in its place and coordinated with NCCAN’s former functions (The Children’s Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood). Therefore, the implemented policy and the enacted policy are different because of the amendments and current

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