Federal Child Welfare Law and Legislation

A click on the P.L. (Public Law) is a link that takes you to a page on the (Federal) Administration for Children and Families’ Child Welfare Information Gateway (www.childwelfare.gov) that provides an overview and major provisions of the law as well as a link to the actual text of the law and a link to “Program Instructions” related to the law.

Also provided is a Graphic Timeline of Federal Child Abuse Law since 1974.

P.L. 110-351             H.R. 6893       Enacted October 7, 2008

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008


P.L. 109-432            
H.R.6111        Enacted December 20, 2006

Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006


P.L. 109-288            
S. 3525          Enacted September 28, 2006

Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006


P.L. 109-248            
H.R. 4472       Enacted July 27, 2006

Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006


P.L. 109-239            
H.R. 5403       Enacted July 3, 2006

Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006


P.L. 109-171            
S. 1932          Enacted February 8, 2006

Deficit Reduction Act of 2005


P.L. 109-113            
S. 1894          Enacted November 22, 2005

Fair Access Foster Care Act of 2005


P.L. 108-145            
H.R. 3182       Enacted December 2, 2003

Adoption Promotion Act of 2003


P.L. 108-36               
S. 342             Enacted June 25, 2003

Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003


P.L. 107-133            
H.R. 2873       Enacted January 17, 2002

Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001


P.L. 106-279            
H.R. 2909       Enacted October 6, 2000

Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000


P.L. 106-177            
H.R. 764         Enacted March 10, 2000

Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act of 2000

P.L. 106-169             H.R. 3443       Enacted December 12, 1999

Foster Care Independence Act of 1999


P.L. 105-89               
H.R. 897         Enacted November 19, 1997

Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997


P.L. 104-235            
S. 919             Enacted October 3, 1996

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Amendments of 1996


P.L. 104-188            
H.R. 3448       Enacted August 20, 1996

The Interethnic Provisions of 1996


P.L. 103-382            
H.R. 6             Enacted October 20, 1994

Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994


P.L. 103-66               
H.R. 2264       Enacted August 10, 1993

Family Preservation and Support Services Program Act of 1993


P.L. 102-295            
S. 838             Enacted May 28, 1992

Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family Services Act of 1992

P.L. 100-294             H.R. 1900       Enacted April 25, 1988

Child Abuse Prevention, Adoption, and Family Services Act of 1988


P.L. 98-457               
H.R. 1904       Enacted October 9, 1984

Child Abuse Amendments of 1984


P.L. 96-272               
H.R. 3434       Enacted June 17, 1980

Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980

P.L. 95-608                S. 1214          Enacted November 11, 1978

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978


P.L. 95-266               
H.R. 6693       Enacted April 24, 1978

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978


P.L. 93-247               
S. 1191          Enacted January 31, 1974

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) of 1974