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The National Center for Child Welfare Excellence - NCCWE does not interpret federal policy. It is the role of the Children’s Bureau (CB) to interpret federal legislation. The information and resources on this website, if not produced directly by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)/Children’s Bureau (CB), should not be used to interpret federal policy.

Major Child Welfare Legislation: Resources and/or Full Text


Additional Resources and Websites

  • Major Federal Legislation Concerned With Child Protection, Child Welfare, and Adoption
    This publication from the Child Welfare Information Gateway summarizes the major provisions of key Federal laws regarding child protection, child welfare, and adoption and includes a timeline of Federal child welfare legislation. New features this year include links to the full-text of each act and the Major Federal Legislation Index and Search, which allows users to browse or search the acts included in this publication. (Current through April 2012)
  • Congress.gov
    Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.
  • GPO (Government Printing Office): Congressional Bills
    Congressional bills are legislative proposals from the House of Representative and Senate within the United States Congress. There are numerous different bill versions that track a bill through the legislative process from the introduction through passage by both chambers (enrolled version). All final published bill versions are available from GPO.