Children, Youth and Families Department: Children’s Justice Act Funding
The Federal Children’s Justice Act (CJA) provides grants to states to improve the investigation, prosecution and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child victim. CJA funding also supports the handling of child fatality cases in which child abuse or neglect is suspected as well as cases involving children with disabilities and serious health problems who are victims of abuse and neglect.
To be eligible to receive CJA funds, states must establish an advisory task force. In New Mexico, the Children, Youth and Families Department manages CJA funds, under the guidance of the Children’s Justice Act Advisory Group (CJAAG). CJAAG members represent various disciplines involved in child abuse and neglect, including the courts, prosecutors, law enforcement, child welfare, medical and other services providers, and child advocates.
To comply with the intent of this federal funding, proposed projects must be designed to improve the handling of civil and criminal child abuse cases. Funding can be used to:
- Improve the investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of cases through training, education, or development of process and protocol
- Provide education and/or training programs focusing on medical forensic response to child sexual abuse cases
- Reduce additional trauma to the child victim
Funding cannot be used for treatment, prevention activities, or to provide foster care.
Project examples include: develop policies and procedures for a multi-disciplinary team, training (case workers, attorneys, medical staff, law enforcement, etc), or development of child fatality review teams.
Amount: A maximum of $45,000 is available.
Eligibility: No eligibility limitations are indicated.
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