March 2003Vol. 4, No. 2Grants Support Collaborations Between Child Protective Services and Legal Services
The American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law is offering mini-grants of $1,000 to promote stronger working relationships between civil legal services providers and government child protective services (CPS). Grant recipients will be expected to develop relationships and plan collaborations to benefit at-risk children and families. The deadline for proposals is March 31.
Civil legal services can help families with the kinds of problems that might trigger CPS interventions if not addressed in time. Keeping these families out of the CPS system, in turn, frees caseworkers up to address more serious cases of abuse and neglect.
All projects must include a civil legal services provider (including private legal aid organizations, Legal Services Corporation-funded agencies, law school clinics, and pro bono projects) and a State or local CPS agency. Either partner may apply for the funding. Favorable consideration will be given to projects that also include community partners--youth, families, or community-based organizations--in the planning process.
Find more information about the grants and how to apply on the ABA Center on Children and the Law website at www.abanet.org/child/minigrant_application.html