Juvenile and Child Welfare Grants

The Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is the administering agency in receipt of the federal Children’s Justice Act (CJA) funding granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Child and Family Services.

ASA is the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. CASA is a child advocacy organization that seeks to provide trained volunteers to speak for abused and neglected children who are the subjects of juvenile court proceedings. CASA volunteers advocate for safe, permanent homes for children. CASA began in 1977 in Seattle, Washington by Judge David Soukup who saw the need for more information on cases involving children in his court. The social services and legal systems were overburdened and CASA was created to assist in obtaining information and providing follow up monitoring of court orders.

The ICAC Fund is for local law-enforcement agencies’ use to enhance investigation and prosecution of internet crimes against children.
The new federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002 became effective October 1, 2003. The new Act amends the JJDP Act of 1974. The goals of the Act remain unchanged from 1974: to assist State and local governments to prevent and control juvenile delinquency and to improve the juvenile justice system.
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is soliciting applications from state agencies eligible and qualified to administer federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds designated to support Virginia Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) and other specialized treatment and services for victims of child abuse. Such funds will be awarded to eligible organizations for delivery of VOCA allowable services statewide provided by CACs that are certified by the National Children’s Alliance and to support other VOCA allowable specialized treatment and direct services for victims of child abuse in Virginia.