CVSSD is excited to announce the addition of the Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Grant to the array of victim and survivor focused grants we administer. Consistent with our practices in managing other grants we are creating bylaws and convening a new advisory body to administer these funds. We intend to have a team in place by early 2019 to review the funding priorities identified in the Annual Performance Report and Application and 2018-2021 Three Year Assessment. By late spring we will have an announcement regarding funding for competitive grants and other projects.
The purpose of the CJA Grant is 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. The grant is intended to improve state processes for responding to child abuse and neglect. Funding for CJA comes from the Crime Victims Fund. To learn more, please see the CJA 101 Factsheet.
CJA Task Force Membership
To be eligible for CJA funding, states must establish or maintain a multidisciplinary Task Force on children’s justice. The Task Force makes recommendations regarding reforms needed to improve the state’s investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of child abuse. Task Force members are selected for their knowledge of investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of child abuse, or of related issues impacting the investigation, prosecution and judicial handling of child abuse. Members commit to identifying ways to use CJA funding to bettering child abuse response in Oregon.
- Law Enforcement
- Prosecuting Attorney
- Health Professional
- Child Protective Services
- Mental Health Professional
- Parent and/or Representative of Parent Groups
- Child Advocate/Attorney for Children
- Court Appointed Special Advocate (where applicable)
- Civil Court Judge
- Criminal Court Judge
- Defense Attorney
- Person with experience working with children with disabilities
- Adult Former Victim of Child Abuse and/or Neglect
- Person with experience working with homeless children and youth
CJA Annual Allocation
Funding comes from the Crime Victims’ Fund administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime (OVC). Grants are awarded to the states by the Administration of Children, Youth and Families. States must apply for the funds and meet certain eligibility requirements. Each state receives a base amount of $50,000 plus an additional amount determined by the population of children under 18 years of age in the applicant’s jurisdiction. Oregon’s awards are as follows: