Office of Crime Victim Services

Children’s Justice Act


The Children’s Justice Act (CJA), a federal program, provides grants to States 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 limit additional trauma to the child victim. This also includes the handling of child fatality cases in which child abuse or neglect is suspected.


To be eligible for CJA funds, States are required to establish and maintain a multidisciplinary Task Force on children’s justice. The Task Force is to be comprised of representatives from selected disciplines involved in handling child abuse and neglect cases.


In Wisconsin, the Task Force on Children in Need makes policy and training recommendations regarding methods to better handle these cases with the expectation that it will result in reduced trauma to the child victim and the victim’s family while insuring fairness to the accused. Members of Wisconsin’s Task Force on Children in Need (PDF)


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Activities and events co-sponsored by Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Grant Program:


Wisconsin CASA Association 11th Annual Conference
September 29, 2012
American Family Insurance Training Center
Madison, Wisconsin
For more information, please contact Ruthann Schultz at (608) 781-2783 Ext. 223.


Through the Eyes of a Child: A multidisciplinary approach to child advocacy
November 1-2, 2012
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Wisconsin Dells
This Conference is co-sponsored by the UW-Extension Family Living Programs; Wisconsin Director of State Courts Office, Children’s Court Improvement Program; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Children’s Justice Act Program; Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin State Bar, Children and the Law Section.
This conference invites professionals whose work impacts the well-being of children to learn from each other, as well as, experts in the fields of law, child development, medicine, child welfare and more.
For more information, please contact Michele Dickinson at (608) 265-9101.


2012 Child Death Review Summit
November 2, 2012
Location not confirmed.
Funding for this Summit has been provided by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Children’s Justice Act Program in partnership with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Health Services.
For more information, contact Abby Collier at (414) 292-4016.