Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse and the Regional and Local Children"s Adv

The "Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse Program" has the following objectives: (1) To train criminal justice system professionals on innovative techniques for investigating, and prosecuting child abuse cases; (2) To promote a multidisciplinary approach to coordinating the investigations
and prosecution of child abuse cases and, thereby limiting the number of necessary pre-trial interviews for child victims, as well as to better assure the accuracy of each interview; (3) To increase the number of communities utilizing a Children s Advocacy Center approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse cases; (4) To assist communities in developing child-focused programs designed to improve the resources available to children and families; (5) To provide support to non-offending family members; (6) To enhance coordination among community agencies, professionals, and provide medical support to health care and mental health care professionals involved in the intervention, prevention, prosecution, and investigation systems that respond to child abuse cases; and (7) To improve the quality of child abuse prosecution by providing specialized training and technical assistance to prosecutors.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: The National Children s Alliance, National Grants Program for Local Advocacy Centers, Regional Children s Advocacy Centers, National Children s Advocacy Center, National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Justice

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.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: • Currently, there are more than 700 Children s Advocacy Centers across the nation in various stages of development. Last year, Children s Advocacy Centers provided services to more than 240,000 children.

• In August 2008, OJJDP published a bulletin "Evaluating Children s Advocacy Centers Response to Child Sexual Abuse" which describes an evaluation of the effectiveness of four prominent Children s Advocacy Centers and comparison communities in coordinating child abuse investigations and providing victim services. Important findings included:

o Coordination of investigations: Police in CAC communities were involved in 81 percent of child protective services investigations of sexual abuse, compared to 52 percent in other communities. Team interviews (two or more observers) were more common in CAC cases (28 percent) than non-CAC cases (6 percent).

o Medical exams: In the CAC sample, nearly half (48 percent) of child victims received a forensic medical examination, compared to less than a fourth (21 percent) of non-CAC cases.

o Mental health services: Sixty percent of CAC children received referrals for mental health services compared to 22 percent in non-CAC communities. Of the CAC children referred, 31 percent were counseled onsite by a therapist specializing in treatment of child abuse victims.

• Children s Advocacy Centers have been growing internationally and are under development in Canada, Iceland, Poland, Norway, and Sweden. Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are available specifically to achieve the objectives of Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse and the Regional and Local Children s Advocacy Centers as set forth in Victims of Child Abuse Act, 42 U.S.C.

Section 13001, et seq.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals: Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Law, Justice, and Legal Services.

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Law, Justice, and Legal Services

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public nonprofit institution/organization; Private nonprofit institution/organization

Credentials/Documentation

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. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Procedures for application for funds to support VOCA programs will be available through competitive proposals issued by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) utilizes a Grants Management System (GMS). GMS downloads applications from Grants.gov and is the system in which OJP reviews applications and manages awarded grants. Registration with www.grants.gov is required. Detailed instructions can be found at www.grants.gov. The Office of Management and Budget requires that all businesses and nonprofit applicants for federal funds include a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in their application for a new award or renewal of an award. Detailed information about this requirement can be found at www.dunandbradstreet.com. OJP requires that all applicants for federal financial assistance, other than individuals, maintain current registrations in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database. Information about registration procedures can be accessed at www.ccr.gov.

Award Procedures

Grantees are notified via the Office of Justice Program s Grant Management System (GMS) when an award is made. Procedures for applications for local children s advocacy center funding will be provided in the Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the entity designated by OJJDP to manage the national grant program for local children s advocacy centers.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Victims of Child Abuse Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 13001, et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

up to 5 years.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length and time phasing of assistance varies by project and are posted on the OJP web site as solicitations are released. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact program office for more information.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

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.

Grantees submit performance measure data via the DCTAT reporting system bi-annually.

Standard reporting requirements will be required for subaward recipients.

Quarterly.

Performance reporting is required, as specified in the solicitation.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. All organizations that expend financial assistance of $500,000 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.

Records

Grantee must keep complete records on the disposition of funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0405-0-1-754.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 08 $15,922,663; FY 09 est $20,000,000; FY 10 est $20,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The current edition of the OJP Financial Guide is available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Lou Ann Holland Child Protection Division, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: (202) 305-2742

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The successful applicant will be selected through a competitive solicitation process.



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