Children's Justice Grants to States

To encourage states to enact reforms which are designed to improve (1) the assessment and investigation of suspected child abuse and neglect cases, including cases of suspected child sexual abuse and exploitation, in a manner that limits additional trauma to the child and the child's family; (2) the
assessment and investigation of cases of suspected child abuse-related fatalities and suspected child neglect-related fatalities; (3) the investigation and prosecution of cases of child abuse and neglect, including child sexual abuse and exploitation; and (4) the assessment and investigation of cases involving children with disabilities or serious health-related problems who are suspected victims of child abuse or neglect.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Correction, Indiana Dept Of $ 351,976   2020-10-012024-09-30
Cnmi Department Of Community And Cultural Affairs (dcca) $ 53,303   2020-10-012024-09-30
Government Of Guam- Department Of Administration $ 60,075   2020-10-012024-09-30
American Samoa Government $ 54,519   2020-10-012024-09-30
Children's Services, Tennessee Department Of $ 340,820   2020-10-012024-09-30
Human Services, Oklahoma Dept Of $ 233,391   2020-10-012024-09-30
Social Services, Missouri Department Of $ 313,961   2020-10-012024-09-30
Human Services, North Dakota Department Of $ 84,699   2020-10-012024-09-30
Children, Youth And Families, Rhode Island Dept Of $ 89,384   2020-10-012024-09-30
Massachusetts Department Of Children And Families $ 310,535   2020-10-012024-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 56 grants were made to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territorial governments. Fiscal Year 2017: 56 grants are expected to be made to states, the District of Columbia, and territorial governments. Fiscal Year 2018: 56 grants are expected to be made to 50 states, the District of Columbia, and territorial governments.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to be used for (a) investigative, administrative, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, including child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as 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, including sexual abuse and exploitation, while ensuring fairness to all affected persons.

To receive funds, states must meet eligibility requirements stated in the authorizing statute.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States (including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia), Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries include state governments and victims of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation.


Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. Applications require certification and/or documentation that the state meets eligibility requirements described in the Social Security Act (the Act). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication is required.

Advice and technical assistance to state applicants are available from the Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect within the Administration on Children, Youth and Families.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. No Federal forms are required, but certain assurances and information described in the Annual Program Instruction must be included.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed against all eligibility requirements contained in the authorizing legislation. All eligible state and territorial governments will receive funding.


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


Child Abuse and Treatment Act (CAPTA), Section 107, 42 U.S.C 5106 et. seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Deadlines will be contained in the Program Instruction sent to each state and other eligible entities announcing the availability of funds under this program.


Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR, Part 16.


Grants are made annually. A new application is required each year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Matching Requirements: There is no matching requirement. Each state receives a base amount of $50,000 with an additional amount based on the population of children under age 18 in each state. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant funds may be expended for a period of 2 years after the end of the fiscal year in which the funds are awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Financial reporting is conducted through the PSC-272.

Program progress reporting requirements are described in the Program Instructions.

Financial reporting requirements are described in the Program Instructions.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75.


Records must be kept in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $17,000,000; FY 17 est $17,000,000; and FY 18 est $17,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2016: $52,263 to $980,980 with an average grant of $185,082.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

All pertinent instructions are contained in the annual Program Instruction.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lauren Fischman Office on Child Abuse and Neglect 330 C Street SW, Room 3403, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: (202) 205-4539

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

States which meet all eligibility requirements and propose projects which meet the required uses of these funds will receive grants.

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