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Preventing Child Abuse

This page and the links below provide information and hotlines regarding child abuse and the prevention of child abuse.

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

CAPTA is a U.S. law that deals with child abuse and neglect.  It was originally enacted in 1974 (P. L. 93-247) and has been amended several times, most recently by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (P. L. 108-36).  It provides funding to for the support of child abuse prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment. While this Act is extremely important, it has little practical every day use for the average adopting person.  For the text of the Act see Law.Cornell.edu.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

This U.S. government Child Welfare Information Gateway site has some excellent information about the subject of child abuse.

National Child Abuse Hotline


The Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Childhelp Hotline helps children in the midst of abuse, troubled parents, individuals concerned that abuse is occurring, and others requesting child abuse information.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides support and assistance to anyone involved in a domestic violence situation, including those in same-sex relationships, male survivors, those with disabilities and immigrant victims of domestic violence. All calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline are confidential.

Prevent Child Abuse America

Prevent Child Abuse America is a well  established organization of friends, professionals, volunteers, donors and parents providing education and information in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.

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