Childrens 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)


Funding Opportunities

Children's Justice Act Fall 2020 Competitive Grant Opportunity - NEW!


Questions about the Children's Justice Act?


Teresa Nienow 

Justice Program Supervisor 

Children's Justice Act Coordinator

(608) 264-9452



Upcoming Trainings 


Wisconsin Forensic Interviewing Guidelines

This five-day, interactive program is designed to introduce participants to the Wisconsin Forensic Interview Guidelines. Learners will develop forensic interview skills by increasing their knowledge of the process of disclosure, the impact of language and development, effects of trauma, and question strategies that contribute to dynamics of memories and suggestibility. Learners will also engage in practice opportunities for conducting developmentally appropriate forensic interviews of child alleged as child abuse victims or children who have witnessed abuse or violence. All content will be reflected in the concept that forensic interviews have the purpose of gathering accurate information from children about events they experience.


January 27-31, 2020 | Madison, WI  |  Registration is closed.


May 4-8, 2020 | Wisconsin Rapids, WI  |  CANCELED


July 27-31, 2020 | Warrens, WI  |  CANCELED


October 21-25, 2020 | Sturgeon Bay, WI  |  CANCELED


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