• Current through October 23, 2012

It is the purpose of this subchapter to require a report of a suspected neglected child in order to identify neglected children; to assure that protective services will be made available to a neglected child to protect the child and his or her siblings and to prevent further abuse or neglect; and to preserve the family life of the parents and children, to the maximum extent possible, by enhancing the parental capacity for adequate child care.

(Nov. 6, 1966, 80 Stat. 1354, Pub. L. 89-775, § 1; Sept. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 2-22, title I, § 103(b), 24 DCR 3341.)


Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 2-1351.

1973 Ed., § 2-161.

Legislative History of Laws

Law 2-22, the "Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Act of 1977," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 2-48, which was referred to the Committee on Human Resources and Aging and the Committee on the Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on May 17, 1977, and May 31, 1977, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on July 6, 1977, it was assigned Act No. 2-53 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review.