MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants to assist two non-profit organizations that help child abuse victims in six north Alabama counties.
“The physical, mental and emotional wounds of child abuse can remain with victims for the remainder of their lives,” Gov. Ivey said. “These agencies in north Alabama have the staff, resources and capabilities to help abused children overcome terrible ordeals and restore at least some normalcy in their lives.”
The National Children’s Advocacy Center is using grant funds of $10,000 to continue providing forensic interviews, mental health treatment, specialized medical exams, family advocacy and waiting room support. These services will help abused children and their non-offending family members to receive the care they need in DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, Marshall and Morgan counties. Matching funds of $2,500 will supplement the grant.
The Child Advocacy Center of Marshall County is using grant funds of $11,500 to assist in providing counseling and advocacy services for child victims in Marshall County along with family members who are not involved in the offenses. The agency also works with law enforcement personnel to arrest and convict offenders. Matching funds of $2,875 will supplement the grant.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state from the U.S. Department of Justice.
“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in supporting the important services for child abuse victims in north Alabama,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA’s partnerships with these organizations will help those who have been victimized find and receive the specialized care they need.”
ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.
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