The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
The Victims of Child Abuse Act Programs enhance the coordination among community agencies and professionals responding to child abuse and neglect by: Establishing and strengthening facility-based, child-focused programs that coordinate the response to victims of child abuse through multidisciplinary teams; Preventing the inadvertent revictimization of an abused child by the justice and social service systems in their efforts to protect the child; Providing information, technical assistance and training at the local, state, regional, and national levels; Assisting communities seeking to improve their response to child abuse by supporting the development, growth, and continuation of children's advocacy centers; Providing training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to local children's advocacy center programs nationally; Providing training and technical assistance to child abuse professionals across the country, especially those working within a child advocacy center or a multidisciplinary team; Providing training and technical assistance to prosecutors, investigators, and other professional personnel in the child protection field; Developing training curricula and guideline materials for the field; Developing State level capacity to train child abuse prosecutors, investigators, and related child protection practitioners.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds are available specifically to achieve the objectives of the Judicial Child Abuse Training, Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse Through the Criminal Justice System, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the Regional and Local Advocacy Centers.
Eligible applicants are designated in the congressional appropriations process for judicial child abuse training, investigation and prosecution of child abuse through the criminal justice system, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Local nonprofit agencies/organizations may apply to National Court Appointed Special Advocates (NCASA) for State CASA programs and to start or expand local court appointed special advocate programs.
Advocacy centers or agencies/organizations interested in start-up of children's advocacy centers may apply to the National Children's Alliance (NCA) for funds awarded to them by OJJDP for this purpose.
Public or private agencies/organizations addressing child maltreatment.
Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, A-21 for educational institutions, and A-122 for nonprofit organizations.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Procedures for application for funds to support CASA programs will be available through competitive proposals issued by National Court Appointed Special Advocates (NCASA), 100 W. Harrison St., North Tower, Suite 500, Seattle, Washington 98119-4123; and funds to support local children's advocacy centers will be available through solicitations issued by the National Children's Alliance (NCA) 1612 K Street, NW., Ste 500, Washington, DC 20006.
Grantees are notified via the Grant Management System when an award is made. Procedures for applications for CASA and local children's advocacy funds will be provided in the solicitations for competitive proposals issued by NCASA and NCA.
Victims of Child Abuse Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 13001, et seq.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
The terms for these grant program budget periods range from 12 to 36 months.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are generally awarded for a 12 to 24 month time period, but may be awarded for up to 36 month project period.
Post Assistance Requirements
Final financial reports and semi-annual and final program performance reports and performance measure data submission will be required as stipulated in the effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide and in award documents.
Similar reporting requirements will be required by NCASAA and NCA to satisfy Federal requirements.
All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds.
FY 07 $3,240,000; FY 08 $3,290,000; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
The current edition of the OJP Financial Guide is available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/finguide06/index.htm .
Regional or Local Office
Ron Laney, Director, Child Protection Division, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 616-3637.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
By congressional designation, funds will be made available specifically for the Judicial Child Abuse Training to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, for the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse through the Criminal Justice System to the American Prosecutor Research Institute, Court Appointed Special Advocates and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, for the development of local Children's Advocacy Centers through the National Children's Alliance Centers and the four Regional Children's Advocacy Centers.