NECTAC CAPTA topic editor: Evelyn Shaw
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(See also, NECTAC's Disaster Response Web page, which contains resources to assist individuals working with families and children who have experienced traumatic events.)
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Reauthorization Act of 2010 (CAPTA) was signed into law on December 20, 2010, as Public Law 111-320. An Information Memorandum on CAPTA from the Children's Bureau summarizes some of the 2010 changes to the law. See also, Congress Reauthorizes CAPTA. Since 2003, CAPTA has required states that receive CAPTA funds to develop provisions and procedures for the referral of a child under the age of 3 who is involved in a substantiated case of abuse or neglect to Early Intervention Services funded under Part C of IDEA.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, Part C, Section 637(a)(6)(A&B) (State Application and Assurances) has complementary language, requiring states participating in Part C to refer for early intervention services any child under the age of 3 who is involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect; or is identified as affected by illegal substance abuse, or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure.
See also, Other National Resource Centers funded by the Children's Bureau with resources relevant to this topic.
NSCAW is a longitudinal study intended to answer fundamental questions about children who come in contact with the child welfare system.
NSCAW reports provide nationally representative longitudinal data from first-hand reports on children, parents, other caregivers, caseworkers and teachers involved with the child welfare system.
NSCAW II Wave 2 Report: Child Well-Being (July 2012) shows that 18 months after the close of investigation, children reported for maltreatment were found to be below their peers in social-emotional, cognitive, language, daily living skills, behavioral, and social skill-based domains. 34.5% of children 1 to 5 years old showed risk of developmental delay on standardized measures; 6.5% had both an established medical condition and developmental delay; overall, 42.3% were found to be potentially eligible for services under the IDEA.
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (NTAC) addresses the mental health needs of children, youth and their families at the policy, research, training/consultation and direct service levels. Some of their publications include:
This report summarizes findings from a 3 year study funded by the Office of Policy, Research and Evaluation of the Administration on Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to examine the degree to which child welfare agencies, early intervention/preschool special education programs under IDEA, and early care and education programs are collaborating to meet the developmental and educational needs of children ages 0 to 5 who are in the child welfare system.
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) is jointly funded by SAMHSA and the Children's Bureau. Some resources of interest include:
See also, the AAP's Web page on Child Abuse and Neglect.
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has published numerous resources on how adversity in early childhood can impact early childhood development. Some of these include:
The National Indian Child Welfare Association provides public policy, research, and advocacy information and training on Indian child welfare and community development services to a broad national audience It is the only national Indian organization focused on child abuse and neglect issues that impact Indian children and families. NICWA also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 and other key legislation to support American Indian children and families.
Vulnerable Infants and Toddlers in Four Service Systems (2007) - This reportexamines the characteristics of vulnerable young children in four service systems: Early Head Start; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children; the Child Welfare System; and the IDEA Part C Early Intervention Program. Data suggest that the children and families in these systems have notable similarities. The authors suggest that policy initiatives to support young chilren's development might benefit from integrating common lessons from the different systems' research findings.