Gov. Ivey awards grants for child advocacy in southeast Alabama

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $884,000 to help victims of child abuse and neglect in southeast Alabama.

The grants to five child advocacy programs will provide emotional support and other aid to child victims in 11 counties. The advocacy agencies also assist law enforcement agencies with investigations and prosecuting offenders.

“Child abuse is a horrendous act that can leave victims not only with physical injuries, but emotional scars that can last a lifetime without the proper healing and support,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “I commend the compassionate care that these organizations provide to victims each day.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the awards through funds provided by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in supporting these agencies that help these most vulnerable victims,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

Those awarded grants are:

  • Child Protect Inc. ($125,602) for victims in Montgomery County.
  • Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center ($258,538) for victims in Autauga, Chilton and Elmore counties.
  • Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention ($168,692) for victims in Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties.
  • Covington County Child Advocacy Center Inc. ($87,096) for victims in Covington County.
  • Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center ($243,869) to assist victims in Dale, Geneva and Houston counties.

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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