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Evolution of Federal Child Welfare Legislation















Key Child Welfare Legislation


Law Graphic Social Security Act of 1935 (1961 Amendments)

The Aid to Dependent Children program, formed by the Social Security Act of 1935, was amended in 1961.  These amendments created Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)-Foster Care, which provided states with federal matching funds for foster care reimbursements made on behalf of children removed from their birth families.  AFDC was the original welfare program in the United States.  Although the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) legislation eliminated AFDC in 1996, current eligibility for foster care remains rooted in AFDC rules.

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Law Graphic Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

In 1974, Congress enacted the first major federal legislation that specifically addressed child abuse and neglect.  In exchange for federal funding for child abuse prevention and treatment, CAPTA required states to establish formal child abuse reporting procedures and investigation systems.  States’ implementation of mandatory reporting laws in response to CAPTA resulted in the rapid growth in the number of children placed in foster care.  CAPTA was amended and reauthorized on June 25, 2003, through the “Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003" (P.L. 108-36).

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Question by Larry: Are there questions that can be asked re: Maine's laws in the context of child welfare practice?

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