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Background

Children's Justice Act Grant Background

On June 25, 2003, the President signed the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, Public Law 108-36. The law reauthorizes and amends Section 107(a) of Title I of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act that authorizes grants to States for the purpose of assisting States in developing, establishing, and operating programs designed to improve:

  1. 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;
  2. the handling of cases of suspected child abuse or neglect related fatalities;
  3. the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation; and
  4. the handling of cases involving children with disabilities or serious health-related problems who are victims of abuse or neglect

In accordance with Section 107(a) of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, as amended by the “Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003”, grants are awarded to develop, establish, and operate programs designed to improve:

  1. 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;
  2. the handling of cases of suspected child abuse or neglect related fatalities;
  3. the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation; and
  4. the handling of cases involving children with disabilities or serious health-related problems who are victims of abuse or neglect.