Child Abuse and Neglect State Grants

To assist States in the support and improvement of their child protective services systems.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Children's Bureau Regional Program Managers.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Cnmi Department Of Community And Cultural Affairs (dcca) $ 23,259   2020-10-012025-09-30
Human Services, Mississippi Department Of $ 947,465   2020-10-012025-09-30
Social Services, South Carolina Department Of $ 1,507,060   2020-10-012025-09-30
Human Services, Utah Department Of $ 1,262,933   2020-10-012025-09-30
Children, Youth And Families, New Mexico Department Of $ 645,363   2020-10-012025-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 173,830   2020-10-012025-09-30
Maryland Department Of Human Services $ 1,810,191   2020-10-012025-09-30
Children, Youth And Families, Rhode Island Dept Of $ 277,350   2020-10-012025-09-30
Children And Families, Connecticut Department Of $ 986,602   2020-10-012025-09-30
Health And Human Services, Nebraska Department Of $ 645,683   2020-10-012025-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 56 grants were awarded in FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded in FY 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded in FY 2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The CAPTA Basic State Grant is a formula grant to States only, to be used for improving child protective services systems. States can choose from a wide variety of activities as outlined in the legislation.

Each state was required to submit a new state plan for the fiscal year (FY) 2011 grant funds specifying which of the 14 program areas described in section 106(a) of the CAPTA they planned to address.

Examples include the intake, assessment, screening, and investigation of reports of abuse and neglect; creating and improving the use of multidisciplinary teams and interagency protocols to enhance investigations; improving legal preparation and representation; case management; developing, improving, and implementing risk and safety assessment tools and protocols; developing and updating systems of technology; training regarding research-based strategies to promote collaboration with families, legal duties of such individuals and personal safety training for case workers; improving the skills, qualifications, and availability of individuals providing services to children and families, and the supervisors of such individuals; developing and delivering information to improve public education relating to the role and responsibilities of the child protection system and the nature and basis for reporting suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect; supporting and enhancing interagency collaboration between the child protection system and the juvenile justice system for improved delivery of services and treatment; supporting and enhancing collaboration among public health agencies, the child protection system, and private community-based programs to provide child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment services (including linkages with education systems) and to address the health needs, including mental health needs, of children identified as abused or neglected, including supporting prompt, comprehensive health and developmental evaluations for children who are the subject of substantiated child maltreatment reports, or developing and implementing procedures for collaboration among child protective services, domestic violence services, and other agencies in investigations, interventions, and the delivery of services and treatment provided to children and families, including the use of differential response, where appropriate, and the provision of services that assist children exposed to domestic violence, and that also support the caregiving role of their non-abusing parents.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

There are no eligibility requirements attached to the beneficiaries of these funds (abused and neglected children and their families).


State plans require certification of the state's eligibility under Section 106(b) of the authorizing legislation. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Technical assistance is available at the regional level to assist states in meeting conditions specified in the Act.

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. State plans and annual updates must be submitted to the Regional Offices. Complete information is furnished annually to the appropriate State office regarding format and timing of state plan applications and updates.

Award Procedures

Funds will be awarded after the plan or annual update is submitted and approved.


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


Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), as amended, Section 106, 42 U.S.C 5101 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The state agency annual update is due by June 30 of each year. Approval/disapproval is due by September 30 of each year.


Other - Not Specified.


Grants are made annually. States submit a plan and annual updates are required each year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded annually. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


An annual report on the use of CAPTA funds is required.

Financial data and annual reporting requirements are described in the annual Program Instructions.


Funds under CAPTA must be expended within five years of the end of the FY in which granted.

States are required to submit the SF-425 fiscal report for CAPTA at the end of each 12 months (October 1 through September 30) of the five-year expenditure period.

No performance monitoring is required.


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 75 Subpart F.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $25,310,000; FY 17 est $25,310,000; and FY 18 est $253,100,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In FY 2016 grants ranged from $56,732 to $2,820,309, with an average award of $451,964.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Annual Program Instructions. See especially Program Instructions ACYF-CB-11-06 and ACYF-CB-PI-16-03 at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Children's Bureau Regional Program Managers.

Headquarters Office

Gail Collins 330 C Street SW, Room 3512, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 202-205-8552

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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