MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Governor Kay Ivey has awarded three grants totaling $807,366 to provide support for child abuse victims and to help strengthen families in six counties.
A $228,886 grant to Child Protect in Montgomery and a $443,480 grant to the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center in Dothan will help these organizations continue offering forensic interviews, counseling, and advocacy to child abuse victims and family members determined not to have been involved in the abuse. The two organizations serve Montgomery, Dale, Geneva, Henry, and Houston counties.
Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, of LaGrange, Georgia, will apply a $135,000 to help continue its Keeping Family program which provides supervised visitations for non-custodial parents and their children in Lee County.
“Providing special care for abused children and helping to strengthen family connections is important for the future of Alabama,” Ivey said. “I commend the staff members of these agencies for the great work they do, and I am pleased to be able to award these grants to help them continue that work.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“ADECA stands with Gov. Ivey in support of these agencies and the important work they do in helping families and children,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
ADECA controls programs that support law enforcement, victims services, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation, and recreation development.