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ERIC Number: ED529945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Implications of the CAPTA Requirement for Referrals from Child Welfare to Part C. inForum
Keller-Allen, Chandra
Project Forum
In June 2003, Congress passed the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act, which reauthorized the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which provides federal funding for state child welfare agencies. A new provision in the reauthorized CAPTA requires that states receiving CAPTA funds develop and implement "provisions and procedures for referral of a child under the age of 3 who is involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect to early intervention services funded under part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" [Section 106(b)(2)(A)(xxi)]. Per the Child Welfare Policy Manual, states have discretion to refer these children directly to early intervention agencies or use a screening process to determine if a referral is warranted. Similarly, the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that state applications for federal funds include "a description of the State policies and procedures that require the referral for early intervention services under this part of a child under the age of 3 who is involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect" [Section 637(a)(6)(A)]. The new requirements raise several implementation issues for states. This document builds on a previous Project Forum document on foster care children in special education, including Parts B and C (Jackson & Muller, 2005). It also addresses the need for collaboration and joint training between state child welfare and Part C systems in developing and implementing a referral system. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site: http://www.projectforum.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C