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93.643 Children's Justice Grants to States
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Children's Justice and Assistance Act of 1986, as amended, Title I, Section 102, Public Law 99-401; Child Abuse Prevention, Adoption and Family Services Act of 1988, Title I, as amended; Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Adoption, and Family Services Act of 1992, Public Law 102-295; Victims of Crime Act of 1984, as amended, Public Law 98-473; 42 U.S.C. 5106c.
To encourage States to enact reforms which are designed to improve: (a) The handling of child abuse and neglect cases, particularly cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the child victim; (b) the handling of cases of suspected child abuse or neglect related fatalities; and (c) the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
To receive funds, States must meet eligibility requirements stated in the authorizing statute. Funds are to be used for reforms in the following categories: (a) Investigative, administrative, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation; cases involving suspected child maltreatment related fatalities; and cases involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal, in a manner which reduces the additional trauma to the child victim and the victim's family and which also ensures procedural fairness to the accused; (b) experimental, model and demonstration programs for testing innovative approaches and techniques which may improve the prompt and successful resolution of civil and criminal court proceedings, or enhance the effectiveness of judicial and administrative action in child abuse and neglect cases, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation cases, including the enhancement of performance of court-appointed attorneys and guardians ad litem for children, and which also ensure procedural fairness to the accused; and (c) reform of State laws, ordinances, regulations, protocols and procedures to provide comprehensive protection for children from abuse, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, while ensuring fairness to all affected persons.
Applicant Eligibility: States, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.
Pre-application Coordination: No pre-application is required. Advice and technical assistance to State applicants are available from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. This program is covered under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs" for State plan consolidations and simplification only (see 45 CFR, Part 100.12). Review and comment provisions do not apply.
Formula and Matching Requirements: There is no matching requirement. The statistical factor used for fund distribution is the population of children under age 18 in each State.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Financial and program progress reporting requirements are described in the Program Instructions.
Account Identification: 15-5041-0-2-754.
Grants were made to 48 States (including the District of Columbia.) and four territorial governments in fiscal year 2001. Similar numbers of grants are estimated for fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
All pertinent instructions are contained in the annual Program Instruction.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
States which meet all eligibility requirements and propose projects which meet the required uses of these funds will receive grants.