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Addressing Child Maltreatment through CAPTA Reauthorization

  • 421 Cannon House Office Building (map)

By now you should have received information regarding a congressional briefing about how reauthorization of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) has the opportunity to prevent child maltreatment. The briefing will be on Tuesday, December 4th from 2-3pm in Cannon 421.

Child abuse and neglect affects over 12 percent of children and creates local, state, and federal economic burdens of over $124 billion each year. There is a growing research base of the effectiveness of prevention strategies and movement towards implementing those strategies. CAPTA reauthorization is an opportunity to support prevention efforts This briefing will discuss how CAPTA reauthorization can build on prevention efforts, the current research on preventing child abuse and neglect, and examples from states implementing prevention programs that coordinate evidence-based programs across local entities. The panel will speak specifically about:

  • research on prevention

  • an example of a locally coordinated primary prevention system

  • an example of a targeted intervention that directs non-maltreatment cases to prevention services and away from child protective services

  • First-hand experiences of a child abuse survivor and child protective services case worker

Speakers include:

If you would like to RSVP or have any questions please contact Alex Payne at Alex.Payne@mail.house.gov.