July 29, 2012
HSM Law Profile Paper
There are federal, state, county, and even tribal laws that have been put into place to protect both the client and the human service worker. Some are more of a guiding tool for human service workers, while some laws are designed to protect the client in a wide variety of ways. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was originally enacted in January 1974 to require agencies to assess, investigate, and provide treatment, and prosecution in order to receive federal funding. To fully understand everything that this law has to offer, we must learn more about it. Possibly the best place to find information on this law, would be directly from the Cornell University Law School website, here they have a copy of the full text of CAPTA. The website is http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/chapter-67. This website actually breaks the law down; it is still in its full context, just made easier to read. The first subsection of the law is the General Program. This area provides information in general about the law. The second subsection is Adoption Opportunities. The third subsection is Community Based Grants for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. The fourth subsection is Temporary Child Care for Children with Disabilities and Crisis Intervention. The fifth subsection is Abandoned Infants Assistance. The sixth subsection is Certain Preventive Services Regarding Children of Homeless Families or Families at Risk for Homelessness. The final subsection is Child Abuse Crime Information and Background Checks. Each area has valuable information that a human service worker is bound to come into contact with (Cornell University Law School, 2011). The original purpose of this law was to help eliminate and prevent child abuse. However, over the years the law has been rewritten, revised, and underwent many other changes. Today, CAPTA...