About Us

The State of Missouri has three Citizens Review Panels, including State Fatality Review Panel, the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board, and the Missouri Task Force on Children's Justice. The Task Force is required by federal statute to produce an annual report as well as a comprehensive report every three years to include the State's systems related to the investigative, administrative and judicial handling of child abuse, neglect and exploitation cases and child maltreatment-related fatalities. The Task Force is to make recommendations for improvements to those systems.

Task Force Information

Apply for Children’s Justice Act Grant

Submit your project to help make a difference in the life of a child.







  • Requested projects must have a state-wide impact to be considered for funding.
  • The amount awarded will be determined on a case–by–case basis depending on project needs.

Grant Guidelines

To qualify for funding, your project must be used to support at least one of the three areas highlighted on the application and stay within the guidelines of the Missouri Children’s Division Travel Policy. Grantees should pay close attention to the evaluation methods mentioned in section 2.4 and also budget line items mentioned in section 3.1. Grantees must also complete a Final Project Report within 30 days of completion to be considered for funding. Please provide as much detail as possible in this final report, including:

  • A thorough description of the statewide impact and whether the desired target population was served
  • Requests for funding conferences or training events and the names and resumes/vitas for each presenter, instructor, and/or facilitator
  • Copies of publications used, such as conference/training registration forms, brochures, announcements, etc.

Training Resources

The Children’s Justice Task Force endorses the practice of collaborative multidisciplinary training as an opportunity for professionals to improve the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases. The Missouri organizations listed below offer opportunities for training on topics pertinent to child abuse and neglect. Please contact the individual organizations for specific information or registration requirements.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need more information, you can email us at CDChildrens.JusticeActTaskForce@dss.mo.gov or call 573-751-3171 to speak with a team member.