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Title 10 United States Code (USC) §1787, "Reporting of Child Abuse," January 7, 2011 This law mandates reporting of known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect by military personnel.

Title 42 USC Chapter 67, "The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), Febuary 1, 2010 This law, among other things, creates a national advisory board for child maltreatment. Originally enacted in 1974 (P.L. 93-247), CAPTA is one of the key pieces of legislation that guides child protection. It was reauthorized in 1978, 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996. In 2003, the act was amended with the "Keeping Families Safe Act." With each reauthorization, amendments have been made to CAPTA that have expanded and refined the scope of the law that provides a foundation for a national definition of child abuse and neglect.

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Title 10 United States Code (USC) §701, "Entitlement and Accumulation" This law prescribes the leave entitlement for members of the military and accumulation rates. Paragraph 701(i)(1) states that members of the military are allowed up to twenty-one days of leave in a calendar year to be used in conjunction with a qualifying child adoption.

Title 10 USC §1052, "Adoption Expenses: Reimbursement" This law authorizes the Department of Defense (DoD) to reimburse service members for qualifying expenses for the adoption of a child under the age of eighteen.

Title 14 USC §514, "Reimbursement for Adoption Expenses" This law authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to reimburse members of the Coast Guard for qualifying expenses for the adoption of a child under the age of eighteen.


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Talking to Children About Death Since 1983, April has been National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The observance serves to educate parents and the community about warning signs and helping resources, and to reinforce that the safety and well-being of children is a shared community responsibility. This tool kit includes valuable resources that promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month including an article, fact sheet, poster and links to partner websites.

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