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Child Abuse Prevention And Treatment Act (CAPTA)

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The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act or CAPTA, dictates that child abuse is defined as failure by a parent or caregiver that can cause a result of imminent risk of serious harm, death, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or exploitation of a child under the age of 18 years (Paulk, 1999).
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment act was signed into law on January 31, 1974 (United States, 2010). Although, the child abuse prevention and treatment act has be revised in the years 1978, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and again in 2003, allows for the federal government to redefine the scope set forth by the CAPTA (United States, 2010). The CAPTA was created and is grounded by the concept of the parens patriae, a legal term that allows the federal
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