Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Required Skill: Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Last date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Country: United States
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) seeks applications for funding for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Victims of Child Abuse Regional Children’s Advocacy Centers program.
CACs provide a coordinated response to victims of child abuse through multidisciplinary teams composed of representatives from community agencies and professionals involved with intervention, prevention, prosecution, and investigation systems that respond to child abuse and neglect cases. The program objectives of a CAC are to:
- Assist communities in developing child-focused, community-oriented, facility-based programs to improve the resources available to child victims and families.
- Provide support for family members who are not engaged in child abuse and neglect.
- Enhance coordination among community agencies and professionals involved in the intervention, prevention, prosecution, and investigation systems that respond to child abuse and neglect cases.
- Train physicians and other healthcare and mental healthcare professionals in the multidisciplinary approach to child abuse and neglect.
- To accomplish its goal, OJJDP has outlined the following objectives to be achieved:
- Deliver systematic, coordinated, customized TTA in partnership with the other regions to communities, CACs, and state chapters that expand and strengthen capacity for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases and evidence-based treatment for child abuse and neglect victims.
- Develop and strengthen capacity of state chapter organizations to deliver TTA to local CACs to meet the needs within the state on their own.
- Develop and/or expand TTA curricula, publications, and resources to support optimal practice implementation and to address new, emerging, and innovative areas identified as needed in the field.
- Anticipated Number of Awards: 4
- Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $125,000,000.00
- Period of Performance Duration (Months): 12
- Anticipated Total Amount to be Awarded Under Solicitation: $5,000,000.00
The following lists the required deliverables for each RCAC, such as expected products, services, or activities that should be developed/delivered as a result of this program:
- Develop a joint plan to implement a systematic, coordinated TTA approach for CACs, multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), and state chapter organizations. The joint plan shall involve all four RCACs and the Tribal CAC TTA provider. The plan will be submitted to OJJDP for review and approval within 6 months of award.
- Conduct annual statewide TTA assessments in partnership with each state chapter within the region to develop a statewide TTA plan to address the needs of each state’s local CACs and MDTs. These assessments will include state chapter capacity assessment and identification of any state chapter TTA needs.
- Develop and implement a coordinated TTA delivery plan annually for the region that is informed by the needs/priorities identified through the statewide TTA assessments and coordinated with other RCACs.
- Provide high-quality, customized technical assistance based upon needs assessments and delivered in a systematic, coordinated process adopted across the RCACs.
- Deliver high-quality training opportunities for CACs, MDTs, and state chapters, including delivery of trainthe-trainer approaches to increase impact, capacity, and reach based upon the assessments.
- Develop and deliver resources, publications, and curricula to support the specific emerging needs of CACs and state chapters, including train-the-trainer materials based upon collaborative strategic alignment with VOCAA national partners.
- Strategically collaborate with the VOCAA-funded program partners to produce and annually maintain and update a 5-year strategic plan and a related operational plan to align efforts, maximize resources, and outline clear roles and responsibilities across the partners. Plans need to be delivered to OJJDP for review and approval by the tenth month of each year of the project following award. Each RCAC will be expected to participate in regularly scheduled VOCAA program partner meetings with OJJDP.
- Eligible applicants are limited to local public and private nonprofit children’s advocacy center agencies and organizations that can demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of experience providing regional or national training and technical assistance to a wide range of multidisciplinary professionals and others (including children’s advocacy center staff) with respect to the judicial handling and investigative response to child abuse and neglect cases.
- Nonprofit organizations that hold money in offshore accounts for the purposes of avoiding paying the tax are not eligible to apply.