Children's Justice Act

The Children’s Justice Act focuses on improving the handling of child maltreatment cases. Children’s Justice Act grant funds strengthen the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, reduce trauma to child abuse victims and promote interagency collaboration.

In Minnesota, Children’s Justice Act funds are used to:

  • • Support forensic interview training for law enforcement and child protection workers
  • • Support and promote mandated reporter training
  • • Support Indian Child Welfare Act training for judges, prosecutors, guardians ad litem and child protection workers
  • • Sponsor specialized training for judges, prosecutors, guardians ad litem, law enforcement, medical professionals and child protection workers
  • • Support children’s advocacy centers and multidisciplinary child protection teams
  • • Support and promote systems collaboration.
  • The Minnesota Children’s Justice Act Task Force includes individuals from disciplines involved in county and tribe child protection and court systems. The Task Force meets four times a year.

    The mission of the task force is to:

  • • Review and assess how the child protection and criminal justice systems in Minnesota handle child maltreatment cases
  • • Make recommendations for system improvement.
  • Task force members are committed to ensuring that maltreated children are not re-victimized by the systems designed to protect them.

    Minnesota Children's Justice Act Task Force Three-year Assessment Report and Task Force Recommendations May 2012) (PDF)


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