Grant funds shall be used to support Task Force recommendations for funding in the following three categories:

Improving the investigative, administrative, and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as cases involving suspected child maltreatment-related fatalities and cases involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as interstate, Federal-State, and State-Tribal in a manner which reduces the additional trauma to the child victim and the victim’s family and which also ensures procedural fairness to the accused.

Experimental, model, and demonstration programs for testing innovative approaches and techniques which may improve the prompt and successful resolution of civil and criminal court proceedings or enhance the effectiveness or judicial and administrative action in child abuse and neglect cases, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation cases, including the enhancement of performance of court-appointed attorneys and guardians ad litem for children, and which also ensure procedural fairness to the accused.

Reform of state laws, ordinances, regulations, protocols and procedures to provide comprehensive protection for children from abuse, particularly sexual abuse and exploitation, while ensuring fairness to all affected persons.

A final written report of the project will be furnished to the Task Force within 30 days of the project's completion. It should describe statewide impact, and whether desired target population was served. Requests for funding conferences and other training events should include names of presenters, instructors, and/or facilitators. Current resumes or vitas, for these persons, should be included. Draft copies or sample conference/training registration forms, brochures, and/or announcements, if available, should be included. Funding reimbursement will be contingent on the completion of the final report.

The project budget should stay within the guidelines of the Missouri Children's Division Travel Policy.