This New Dawn

Every state has laws which deal with child abuse both on the state and local level.  Congress passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act in 1974, reauthorizing it in 2010.   This act is the leading form of legislations to deal with the just, moral, and legitimate treatment of children and is intended to keep them free from all forms of abuse.

Laws passed by the federal government stipulate the requirements and procedures for states to follow, but most of the child abuse issues are governed by state laws and regulations.   Some of the issues legislated by the states include compulsory reporting by those who work closely with children in their profession.  There are also penalties for failing to report abuse.  Child Welfare Information Gateway ( includes information on mandatory reporting along with specific state laws.  Some 29 states currently have laws pending on child abuse.