Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is one of the key pieces of legislation that guides child protection. CAPTA provides federal funding to states in support of prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities. In Georgia’s 2012 State CAPTA Plan, and as amended July 2013, DFCS has identified five program areas as the focus of our CAPTA state grant as follows:

Program Area 1: The intake, assessment, screening and investigation of reports of child abuse or neglect

Program Area 2: Creating and improving the use of multidisciplinary teams and interagency, intra-agency, interstate and intrastate protocols to enhance investigations; and improving legal preparation and representation

Program Area 5: Developing and updating systems of technology that support the program and track reports of child abuse and neglect from intake through final disposition and allow interstate and intrastate information exchange

Program Area 7: Improving the skills, qualifications and availability of individuals providing services to children and families, and the supervisors of such individuals, through the child protection system, including improvements in the recruitment and retention of caseworkers

Program Area 13: Supporting and enhancing interagency collaboration among public health agencies, agencies in the child protective service system, and agencies carrying out private community-based programs

CAPTA Funds Request

CAPTA Funds Performance Report