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Federal Regulations and Guidance Documents

ACF Children's Bureau
-Federal Legislation

Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006: Public Law 109-248 (7/06)
-To protect children from sexual exploitation and violent crime, to prevent child abuse and child pornography, to promote Internet safety.

Chafee National Youth in Transition Database: Final Rule (2/08)
-This final rule adds new regulations to require States to collect & report data to ACF on youth who are receiving IL services and on the outcomes of certain youth who are in FC or who age out.

Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act (CAPTA) 2010 Reauthorization
-CAPTA is one of the key pieces of legislation that guides child protection. CAPTA was reauthorized by The CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-320). This booklet presents CAPTA as amended by that Act.

Child and Family Services Improvement Act (2006)
-To amend part B of title IV of the Social Security Act to reauthorize the promoting safe and stable families program, and for other

Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (PL 112-34) (9/11)
-ACF Memo pertaining to Act which reauthorizes Title IV-B programs and enacts various new requirements.

Child Welfare Issues in the 110th Congress (2/08)
-This report discusses the federal framework for CW policy; reviews the scope of activities, and children and families served, by state agencies; summarizes several CW-related hearings that were held in 2007; describes child welfare and related legislative proposals that have been introduced in the 110th Congress; and reviews CW programs for which funding authorization has expired or is set to expire on the last day of FY2008.

Child Welfare Policy Manual (online manual)
-The manual conveys mandatory policies that have their basis in Federal Law and/or program regulations. It also provides interpretations of Federal Statutes and program regulations initiated by inquiries from State Child Welfare agencies or ACF Regional Offices.

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA)
-To authorize the Attorney General and Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to address the prescription opioid abuse and heroin use crisis, and for other purposes.

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008
-Public Law 110-351 expands assistance and opportunities for adoption, permanency with relatives, and support for youth transitioning from care

Implementation of the Fostering Connections Act (ACF working document 2009)

Indian Child Welfare Act-US Code Title 25, Chapter 21
-Enacted to protect the best interests of Indian children and promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) (2004)
-To ensure that children with disabilities and their families can gain access to a free appropriate public education and to improve educational results for children with disabilities.

Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003: Public Law 108:36 (6/03)
-To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to make improvements to and reauthorize programs under that Act, and for other purposes.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (2002)
-Ensures that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free appropriate public education.

Multi Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA)/Interethnic Placement Act (IEPA) Overview (10/94)
-The principal federal law that addresses the use of race, color and national origin in making decisions about foster care and adoptive placements.

Protecting the Rights of ---Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities (08/15)
-Technical Assistance for State and Local Child Welfare Agencies and Courts under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children (2006)
-To improve protections for children and to hold States accountable for the safe and timely placement of children across State lines, and for other purposes.