Summary: S.2272 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (09/26/2000)

Strengthening Abuse and Neglect Courts Act of 2000 - Directs the Attorney General to award grants to State and local courts to: (1) enable such courts to develop and implement automated data collection and case-tracking systems for proceedings conducted by, or under the supervision of, an abuse and neglect court; (2) encourage the replication of such systems in abuse and neglect courts in other jurisdictions; and (3) require the use of such systems to evaluate a court's performance in complying with requirements of part B (child and family services) and part E (Federal payments for foster care and adoption assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act.

Sets forth provisions regarding limits on the number and use of grants, application and matching requirements, notification to the State or appropriate child welfare agency, considerations in evaluating grant applications, diversity and length of awards, fund availability, and reporting requirements for grantees and the Attorney General. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 5) Directs the Attorney General to award grants to State and local courts for the purposes of: (1) promoting the permanency goals established in the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997; and (2) enabling such courts to reduce existing backlogs of cases pending in abuse and neglect courts, especially regarding cases to terminate parental rights and cases in which parental rights to a child have been terminated but an adoption of the child has not yet been finalized.

Sets forth provisions regarding applications, use of funds, number of grants, availability of funds, and reporting requirements. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 6) Directs the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice to make a grant to the National Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association for purposes of: (1) expanding the recruitment, and building the capacity, of court-appointed special advocate programs located in the 15 largest urban areas; (2) developing regional, multi- jurisdictional court-appointed special advocate programs serving rural areas; and (3) providing training and supervision of volunteers in court-appointed special advocate programs.

Sets forth provisions regarding limits on administrative expenditures and determination of urban and rural areas. Authorizes appropriations.