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May 3, 2019
Gov. Ivey awards grants to help abuse victims in south Alabama

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded two grants totaling $287,291 to help non-profit organizations in south Alabama continue assisting child abuse victims.

The grants will fund a variety of services to assist victims in Escambia, Conecuh, Monroe, Choctaw, Clarke and Washington counties.

“Children who have been abused deserve access to specialized, professional care that can help them find safety from their abusers and navigate the criminal justice process,” Ivey said. “I commend these organizations and their staffs and volunteers for providing compassionate care for victims and their families.”

A $158,400 grant will help the Regional Child Advocacy Center in Grove Hill continue providing a victim advocacy program, counseling, treatment and other services in a child-friendly environment to minimize the emotional trauma. The organization also offers an outreach program for schools, community organizations, churches and other groups to educate children and adults about assistance available to victims. The center serves victims in Choctaw, Clarke and Washington counties. Matching funds of $39,600 will supplement the grant.

The Escambia County Regional Child Advocacy Center will use a $128,891 grant to continue serving victims and their families in Escambia, Conecuh and Monroe counties. The center provides counseling, assistance navigating the criminal justice system and other services. Matching funds of $32,222 will supplement the grant.

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

“ADECA supports Gov. Ivey’s efforts to help child abuse victims begin the healing process through the work and dedication of these specialized organizations,” 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 Michael W. Goldman, chairman of the Regional Child Advocacy Center’s board, and Stephen M. Billy, chairman of the Escambia County Regional Child Advocacy Center’s board, that the grants had been approved.


Contact: Russell Sellers, Mike Presley

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