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Child advocacy program grants awarded

From Staff Reports

CHARLESTON — More than $2 million in Child Advocacy Center grant program funds have been awarded to 22 projects, including several in the Mid-Ohio Valley, the governor announced on Wednesday.

The grants are awarded to local nonprofit Child Advocacy Centers throughout the state to address the growing problem of child abuse and neglect. The grants are focused on a multidisciplinary response to investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases by providing such services as advocacy, education, forensic interviews, evaluations, and referrals.

“Severe cases of abuse and neglect are among the most horrific things you could ever imagine happening to a child,” Gov. Jim Justice said. “I have so much pride in this program because it helps us bring whoever would do these kinds of things to kids to justice.”

The Children’s Listening Place, which serves Wood, Ritchie, Pleasants and Wirt counties, was awarded $123,729. The funds will be used for the Child Advocacy Center to support a multidisciplinary and unified response to child abuse and neglect.

The Wetzel County Commission was awarded $88,479. The funds will be used to reduce the traumatic effects of abuse, protect children from maltreatment, seek justice for child victims, investigate abuse as a team, and strengthen the community’s ability to nurture children, while keeping the comfort and safety of the child the first priority in Tyler and Wetzel counties.

The Legislature reappropriated funding to implement child advocacy centers throughout the state. The funding provides grant relief to be passed through the Justice and Community Services section of the West Virginia Division of Administrative Services to those child advocacy centers in need of supplemental financial assistance.

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