CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on August 5 the awarding of $1,557,503 in Child Advocacy Center (CAC) grant program funds to 20 projects across the state. Funds will assist local non-profit CACs in addressing the problem of child abuse and neglect.
“It’s no secret that our state’s future lies in the hands of our children. They are not only our most precious resource, but also our most vulnerable,” Gov. Tomblin said. “As leaders, we have a duty to ensure our kids not only feel safe, but are safe at home, at school, and in every aspect of their lives. I’m confident this funding will help strengthen our state’s network of programs to put kids first and give families across the Mountain State a variety of resources to ensure our children grow up to be happy, healthy and successful.”
This state grant funding, coordinated through the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services (DJCS), provides financial support to child advocacy centers in need of supplemental financial assistance.
Grant funding was distributed locally as follows:
• Boone, Lincoln
Cornerstone Family Interventions, Inc.
Funds will be used for the implementation of the Child Advocacy Center in order to ensure a comprehensive, culturally competent multidisciplinary investigative team response to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, child-friendly setting and provide or facilitate mental health interventions and victim advocacy services.
Logan County Child Advocacy Center, Inc.
Funds will provide site-based services to victims of child maltreatment and ensure each case has the full support of the multidisciplinary team, thereby decreasing trauma and increasing support in Logan County.
West Virginia Child Advocacy Network
Funds will be used for state staff to nurture and support the growth, development, and continuation of Child Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams in West Virginia communities to better serve children and families when concerns of child abuse arise.