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Major Federal Legislation Concerned With Child Protection, Child Welfare, and Adoption
This publication from the Child Welfare Information Gateway summarizes the major provisions of key Federal laws regarding child protection, child welfare, and adoption and includes a timeline of Federal child welfare legislation. New features this year include links to the full-text of each act and the Major Federal Legislation Index and Search, which allows users to browse or search the acts included in this publication.

Child Welfare Issues in Congress
These publications from the Congressional Research Office are prepared for members and committees, summarizing issues such as the federal framework for child welfare policy; the scope of activities, and children and families served, by state child welfare agencies; child welfare-related hearings; child welfare and related legislative proposals that were introduced; and child welfare programs for which funding authorization has expired or is set to expire. Reports are available for:

Child Abuse Prevention
& Enforcement Act (2000)
Strengthening Abuse &
Neglect Courts Act (2000)
Adoption Act (2000)
ICWA: Indian Child Welfare Act
Promoting Safe &
Stable Families
Ammendments (2001)
MEPA-IEP: Multi-Ethnic Placement Act/Interethnic Placement Provisions
FCIA: Chafee Foster Care
to Independence Act
ASFA: Adoption &
Safe Families Act (1997)
Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006 Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, H.R. 4472
Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (2011)
Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (2010) College Cost Reduction and Access Act (P.L. 110-84)
CAPTA: Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act (1996); CAPTA Reauthorization Act (2010) Click here to search Thomas (a database of full Federal legislation).