Legislation and Laws

Bill:

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Amendment Act of 2011

Introduced: September 16, 2011

Referred to:

Introduced by: at the request of The Mayor.

Bill 19-466 would amend the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Act of 1977 to conform to the requirement of the federal Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act Reauthorization Act of 2010 (“CAPTA Reauthorization Act”).  The proposed legislation would make the following changes:

Not require the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to make reasonable efforts to reunify or preserve the family if a parent has committed certain crimes against a child or if the parent must register with a sex offender registry;

Require health care professionals to notify the CFSA when a child under 12 months of age is diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD); and

Expand and clarify the definition of neglect to include an infant that has been diagnosed with FASD.