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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)