Governor awards $745,342 to help west Alabama child abuse victims

MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $745,342 to assist in providing services to child victims of abuse, neglect and sexual assault.

The grants will help six nonprofit organizations assist young victims in 19 counties. The organizations provide services including mental health assistance, advocacy and assisting in filing victims’ compensation claims.

“Young victims should have access to compassionate and professional care to help them overcome the tremendous trauma of abuse,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend these agencies that work daily to help those who have been harmed and strive to prevent further abuse.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, recreation, energy conservation and water resources management.

“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in her efforts to continue protecting the most vulnerable among us by making sure child victims have the resources they need to recover,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

The following grants were awarded to agencies who provide direct services to victims:

Escambia County Regional Child Advocacy Center, Inc. (Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe): $64,176.

Family Counseling Center of Mobile, Inc. (Mobile County): $332,006.

Central Alabama Regional Child Advocacy Center (Bibb, Dallas, Hale, Perry, Wilcox): $100,848.

Tuscaloosa Children’s Center (Greene, Hale, Sumter, Tuscaloosa): $141,188.

Butler County Children’s Advocacy Center (Butler, Crenshaw, Lowndes): $20,028.

Regional Child Advocacy Center, Inc. (Choctaw, Clarke, Washington): $87,096.

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