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PUBLIC LAW 101-647—NOV. 29, 1990 104 STAT. 4795 and technical assistance to court-appointed special advocate (.[ program; or (2) may be a local public or not-for-profit agency that has demonstrated the willingness to initiate or expand a court-appointed special advocate program. (2) An organization described in pargigraph (IXa) that receives a grant may be authorized to make subgrants and enter into contracts with public and not-for-profit agencies to initiate and to expand the court-appointed special advocate program. Should a grant be made to a national organization for this purpose, the ^ Administrator shall specify an amount not exceeding 5 percent that can be used for administrative purposes by the national organization. (c) GRANT CRITERIA. —(1) The Administrator shall establish criteria to be used in evaluating applications for grants under this section, consistent with sections 262, 293, and 296 of subpart II of title II of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5665 et seq.). (2) In general, the grant criteria established pursuant to paragraph (1) shall require that a court-appointed special advocate pro- ^ gram provide screening, training, and supervision of court-appointed special advocates in accordance with standards developed by the National Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association. Such criteria may include the requirements that— (A) a court-appointed special advocate association program have a mission and purpose in keeping with the mission and purpose of the National Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association and that it abide by the National Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association Code of Ethics; (B) a court-appointed special advocate association program operate with access to legal counsel; (C) the management and operation of a court-appointed special advocate program assure adequate supervision of courtappointed special advocate volunteers; (D) a court-appointed special advocate program keep written records on the operation of the program in general and on each applicant, volunteer, and case; (E) a court-appointed special advocate program have written management and personnel policies and procedures, screening requirements, and training curriculum; (F) a court-appointed special advocate program not accept volunteers who have been convicted of, have charges pending for, or have in the past been charged with, a felony or misdemeanor involving a sex offense, violent act, child abuse or neglect, or related acts that would pose risks to children or to the court-appointed special advocate program's credibility; (G) a court-appointed special advocate program have an established procedure to allow the immediate reporting to a court or appropriate agency of a situation in which a court-appointed special advocate volunteer has reason to believe that a child is in imminent danger; " (H) a court-appointed special advocate volunteer be an individual who has been screened and trained by a recognized court-appointed special advocate program and appointed by the court to advocate for children who come into the court system primarily as a result of abuse or neglect; and (I) a court-appointed special advocate volunteer serve the function.of reviewing records, facilitating prompt, thorough