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CAPTA Profile 1
CAPTA Profile
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CAPTA Profile 2
CAPTA Profile
According to Yen (2009) an instance of child abuse is reported in the United States once
every 10 seconds. Children who are abused may walk away from their abuse with little visible
scarring, but every day in the United States four children die as a result of injuries suffered from
child abuse (Yen, 2009). What is being done to protect these young and innocent individuals? In
1974 legislation was passed and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was
born. The goal of CAPTA is to reduce the instances of child abuse in the United States by
creating treatment programs for those who engage in child abuse, educating individuals to
prevent child abuse, and mandating that certain professions report suspected child abuse (U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services, 2009).
Purpose of CAPTA
Under CAPTA, the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department `created an
office called The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect. The purpose of this office is to oversee the
organizations and individuals affected by CAPTA. This office has a board of advisors that is
made up of individuals who interact with children on a professional basis including doctors,
social workers, teachers, psychologists, and law enforcement. This advisory board makes
recommendations on preventing family violence, proposes changes that are needed in Federal
and State laws, and facilitates a program for data collection to coordinate information at national,
state, and local levels (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009).
CAPTA provides grants to states to help with the prevention of child abuse. According to
Cornell University Law School (2009), monies are granted to states based on the number of
children residing within said state. These funds are then used to improve the Child Protective
Service agencies handling of abuse and neglect cases including creating protocols that will be

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