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ADECA

March 12, 2019
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Gov. Ivey awards grant to assist children with incarcerated parents
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MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $25,000 grant to assist a nonprofit organization that helps children whose parents or loved ones are currently in jail or prison.

Extended Family for Kids will use the grant funds to expand its availability to schools across Alabama. The program uses curriculum that helps children in grades K-12 reduce stress, deal with anger and make good choices today and in the future. It’s meant to help participants shed the shame and stigma associated with having a family member who is incarcerated, deal with bullying and express anger in a healthy manner.

“Children whose loved ones are imprisoned can face tough circumstances through no fault of their own, and they deserve to have access to care and education which can help their daily lives,” Ivey said. “I commend the work of Extended Family for Kids, and I am pleased to provide this assistance as the organization seeks to offer access to its programs to schools throughout the state.”

Currently, EFK programs are offered in all schools within Cherokee County. With this grant, EFK leader workshops will be led in Calhoun, Etowah and Jefferson counties, training 100 school counselors from around the state to start the program in their schools.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Justice Department.

“ADECA joins Gov. Ivey in supporting of Extended Family for Kids and its efforts to help those children with incarcerated parents and loved ones,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

Ivey notified Laure Clemons, Extended Family executive director, that the grant had been approved.

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Contact: Russell Sellers, Mike Presley


For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/