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Comprehensive Child Find System, Referrals, and Screening

Sections 303.301 and 303.302 combine the child find and public awareness requirements from section 635(a)(5) and (a)(6) of the Act and reflect the Act's increased emphasis on specific subpopulations of infants and toddlers with disabilities who may potentially be eligible for and need early intervention services under Part C of the Act. Section 303.302 requires States, consistent with the Act, to identify, locate, and evaluate all eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities, including children who are covered by CAPTA, homeless, in foster care, or wards of the State. Section 303.303 requires the State to have referral procedures to be used by specified primary referral sources and requires such procedures to provide for the referral of certain children covered by CAPTA. Section 303.303(b) clarifies that referral of children covered by CAPTA is limited to children under the age of three who are the subject of a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect or who are identified as directly affected by illegal substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure. This change is consistent with the CAPTA provision in 43 U.S.C. 5106a(b)(2)(A)(xxi) that became effective in June 2003, which requires States receiving CAPTA funds to adopt policies providing for