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PUBLIC LAW 101-647—NOV. 29, 1990 104 STAT. 4797 (6) the Adoption and Child Welfare Act of 1980 provides y financial incentives to train welfare agency staff to meet the requirements, but provides no resources to train judges, (b) PURPOSE.—The purpose of this chapter is to provide expanded technical assistance and training to judicial personnel and attorneys, particularly personnel and practitioners in juvenile and family courts, to improve the judicial system's handling of child abuse and v neglect cases with specific emphasis on the role of the courts in addressing reasonable efforts that can safely avoid unnecessary and unnecessarily prolonged foster care placement. SEC. 222. GRANTS FOR JUVENILE AND FAMILY COURT PERSONNEL. 42 USC 13022. In order to improve the judicial system's handling of child abuse and neglect cases, the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention shall make grants for the purpose of providing— (1) technical assistance and training to judicial personnel and attorneys, particularly personnel and practitioners in juvenile and family courts; and (2) administrative reform in juvenile and family courts. SEC. 223. SPECIALIZED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING PRO- 42 USC 13023. GRAMS. (a) GRANTS TO DEVELOP MODEL PROGRAMS. —(1) The Administrator shall make grants to national organizations to develop 1 or more model technical assistance and training programs to improve the judicial system's handling of child abuse and neglect cases. (2) An organization to which a grant is made pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be one that has broad membership among juvenile and family court judges and has demonstrated experience in providing training and technical assistance for judges, attorneys, child welfare personnel, and lay child advocates. (b) GRANTS TO JUVENILE AND FAMILY COURTS. — (1) In order to improve the judicial system's handling of child abuse and neglect cases, the Administrator shall make grants to State courts or judicial administrators for programs that provide or contract for, the implementation of— (A) training and technical assistance to judicial personnel and attorneys in juvenile and family courts; and (B) administrative reform in juvenile and family courts. (2) The criteria established for the making of grants pursuant to paragraph (1) shall give priority to programs that improve— (A) procedures for determining whether child service sigencies have made reasonable efforts to prevent placement of children in foster care; (B) procedures for determining whether child service agencies have, after placement of children in foster care, made reasonable efforts to reunite the family; and (C) procedures for coordinating information and services among health professionals, social workers, law enforcement professionals, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and juvenile and family court personnel, consistent with subtitle A. (c) GRANT CRITERIA.— The Administrator shall make grants under subsections (a) and (h) consistent with section 262, 293, and 296 of title II of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5665 et seq.).