Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse and the Regional and Local Children's Advocacy Centers


Improve the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases and support the development of CACs and/or multi-disciplinary child abuse teams in local communities. (1) To train criminal justice system professionals on innovative techniques for investigating, and prosecuting child abuse cases, including victims of child pornography; (2) to promote a multidisciplinary approach to coordinating the investigations and prosecution of child abuse cases and, thereby limiting the number of necessary pre-trial interviews for child victims, as well as to better assure the accuracy of each interview; (3) to increase the number of communities utilizing a Children?s Advocacy Center approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse cases; (4) to assist communities in developing child-focused programs designed to improve the resources available to children and families; (5) to provide support to non-offending family members; (6) to enhance coordination among community agencies, professionals, and provide medical support to health care and mental health care professionals involved in the intervention, prevention, prosecution, and investigation systems that respond to child abuse cases; and (7) to improve the quality of child abuse prosecution by providing specialized training and technical assistance to prosecutors.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 VOCA Training and Technical Assistance for Child Abuse Prosecutors - received two applications and made one award for $750,000 VOCA Support for Children’s Advocacy Centers: Category 1 – Membership and Accreditation: received one application and made one award for $1,400,000. Category 2 - CAC National Subgrant Program: received one application and made one award for $9,889,799. Category 3 – CAC National Subgrant Program for Victims of Child Pornography: received one application and made one award for $$2,000,000. Category 4 – CAC Military Partnership Pilot Project: received one application and made one award for $1,000,000. The remaining programs listed in Fiscal Year section received continuation funding. One award was made under each continuation program.
Victims of Child Abuse Act, 34 U.S.C. Sections 20303, 20304, and 20305
To provide training and technical assistance to professionals involved in investigating, prosecuting and treating child abuse as well as to support the development of Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) and multidisciplinary teams to investigate, prosecution and treat child abuse
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Please see program announcement for specific eligibility. May be limited to national organizations with broad membership among attorneys who prosecute criminal cases in state courts and have demonstrated experience in providing training and technical assistance to prosecutors. Or may be limited to nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations) and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations must agree to forgo any profit or management fee.
Beneficiary Eligibility
contact program office for additional information
Generally applicant documentation includes the Standard Form 424 (SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance), a program narrative, budget detail worksheet, and budget narrative. There also are a number of certifications that may be required, and other elements, as specified in the program announcement.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants for DOJ funding can submit applications online through either the federal grants portal Grants.Gov ( or the DOJ's Grants Management System (GMS) ( Each program announcement will specify which system should be used for that program and will contain detailed technical instructions on how to register with the system as well as apply for funding. Applicants are generally required to register and create a profile in GMS. Specific application instructions for program announcements are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies by project.
Not applicable.
See applicable program announcement.
How are proposals selected?
Varies by program. Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (OJJDP) and applicable laws.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are also available to provide specialized training as well as technical assistance to improve child abuse prosecution, to develop and implement multidisciplinary child abuse investigation and prosecution programs, or to develop as well as implement specialized programs to identify and provide services to victims of child pornography.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
See Uniform Administrative Requirements, 2 C.F.R. Part 200 at Subpart F - Audit Requirements (Sec. 200.500 - 200.507) as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
All financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award must be generally retained for a period of three (3) years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report (Federal Financial Report/SF-425). For more information and exceptions, see Uniform Administrative Requirements 2 C.F.R. SS 200.333 as adopted by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length and time phasing of assistance vary by project--see applicable program announcement. see applicable program announcement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: 202 616-3649
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$18,392,206.00; FY 19 est $22,500,000.00; FY 20 est $20,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range and average of financial assistance varies by project and are posted at as solicitations are released.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Office of Justice Programs' Financial Guide 2011 ( guide/DOJ/index.htm.) and Post award Instructions (, applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.). See program announcement and Uniform Administrative Requirements in 2 C.F.R. Part 200 as adopted and supplemented by D.O.J. in 2 C.F.R. Part 2800.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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