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Funding Opportunity

Georgia’s CJA Task Force is pleased to announce the release of the FFY2020 CJA Grant Application and Proposal Instructions. In collaboration and consultation with the Division of Family and Children Services, the Task Force is seeking proposals from non-profit agencies and public entity organizations for projects or activities to help reform state systems and improve processes by which states respond to cases of child abuse and neglect as per CAPTA Section 107.

Click here to download copy of instructions and required forms.

Deadline for submission: February 15, 2019.

In 1996, the US Congress amended the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requiring states to establish Citizen Review Panels to examine the policies, procedures and practices of the state's child welfare system and the extent to which it effectively discharges its child protection responsibilities in accordance with its state plan. These panels help to promote transparency in the child welfare system and provide opportunities for community involvement to ensure that states are meeting their goals to protect children from abuse and neglect. CAPTA, through its state eligibility requirements, has influenced law, policy and practice changes in state child protective services.

As the recipient of a CAPTA state grant, Georgia, was required to establish and maintain a minimum of three citizen review panels. To fulfill this mandate, three existing, statewide committees were designated to serve this role: Child Protective Services Advisory Committee (CPSAC), Children's Justice Act Task Force (CJATF), and Child Fatality Review Panel. Each year, they publish a report on their activities and recommendations for the improvement of Georgia's child protection system.

CAPTA reauthorization in 2010 ensures continued collaboration between the state's child welfare agency and its community partners aimed at the improvement of the safety, permanency and well-being of Georgia's children.


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