CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that he has awarded $2,149,670 in Child Advocacy Center (CAC) Grant Program Funds to 22 projects. These funds are awarded to local non-profit Child Advocacy Centers throughout the state to address the growing problem of child abuse and neglect. The recent awards are focused on a multi-disciplinary response to investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases by providing services such as advocacy, education, forensic interviews, evaluations, and referrals.
The current Legislature re-appropriated funding to implement a system of child advocacy centers throughout the state. This funding is intended to provide grant relief to be passed through the Justice and Community Services (JCS) section of the West Virginia Division of Administrative Services, to those child advocacy centers in need of supplemental financial assistance.
Funds were awarded to the following:
Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Monroe
Child & Youth Advocacy Center, Inc.
Funds will provide the facility, the staff, and the support necessary for a coordinated multidisciplinary response for the investigation and intervention of allegations of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse in Greenbrier County.
Child Protect of Mercer County, Inc.
Funds will be used for a child-focused program that encourages a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation and treatment of child abuse, in turn strengthening and coordinating the community’s response to child abuse in Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan counties.
Raleigh, Fayette, Wyoming
Just for Kids, Inc.
Funds will be used to provide and coordinate a more humane, culturally competent, site-based, multidisciplinary team-centered investigation and intervention for children alleging criminal abuse.
Nicholas County Family Resource Network
Funds will be used to provide Braxton, Webster, and Nicholas counties’ multidisciplinary investigative team a child-friendly environment for children who have been sexually or physically abused.
REACHH Family Resource Center, Inc.
Funds will be used for a program coordinator to ensure services will be expanded at the Summers County Child Advocacy Center.
Stop the Hurt, Inc.
Funds will be used to enhance and strengthen the multidisciplinary team’s approach to investigating and prosecuting offenders.
WV Child Abuse Network, Inc.
This project will engage the broader community, beyond child advocacy centers and their teams of professionals, to engage the conversation about child sexual abuse. The project will also bring increasing awareness and decrease stigma, meaning child abuse will continue to become an issue of shared community concern and priority.