The Administrator shall make grants to—
establish and maintain a network of care for child abuse victims where investigation, prosecutions, and interventions are continually occurring and coordinating activities within local children’s advocacy centers and multidisciplinary teams;
develop, enhance, and coordinate multidisciplinary child abuse investigations, intervention, and prosecution activities;
promote the effective delivery of the evidence-based, trauma-informed Children’s Advocacy Center Model and the multidisciplinary response to child abuse; and
develop and disseminate practice standards for care and best practices in programmatic evaluation, and support State chapter organizational capacity and local children’s advocacy center organizational capacity and operations in order to meet such practice standards and best practices.
Direct services for child victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons and victims of human trafficking and child pornography
The Administrator may make grants to develop and implement specialized programs to identify and provide direct services to victims of a severe form of trafficking (as defined in section 7102(9)(A)
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of title 22) who were under the age of 18 at the time of the offense and victims of human trafficking and child pornography.
Grants to State chapters for assistance to local children’s advocacy centers
In awarding grants under this section, the Administrator shall ensure that a portion of the grants is distributed to State chapters to enable State chapters to provide oversight, training, and technical assistance to local centers on evidence-informed initiatives including mental health, counseling, forensic interviewing, multidisciplinary team coordination, and victim advocacy.
[Pub. L. 101–647, title II, § 214], formerly § 212, Nov. 29, 1990, [104 Stat. 4793]; renumbered § 214 and amended [Pub. L. 102–586, § 6(b)(1)], (c), Nov. 4, 1992, [106 Stat. 5029], 5034; [Pub. L. 107–273, div. C, title II, § 12221(b)(1)(A)], Nov. 2, 2002, [116 Stat. 1894]; [Pub. L. 114–22, title I, § 104(2)], May 29, 2015, [129 Stat. 236]; [Pub. L. 115–392, § 6], Dec. 21, 2018, [132 Stat. 5253]; [Pub. L. 115–424, § 2(d)], (h)(2), Jan. 7, 2019, [132 Stat. 5467], 5470; [Pub. L. 117–354, § 3(4)], Jan. 5, 2023, [136 Stat. 6275].)