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Governor awards grant to assist young victims in Shelby County

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $489,150 grant to assist a non-profit organization that helps children in Shelby County who have been abused, exploited or witnessed violence.

The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center will use the grant funds to continue providing forensic interviews, individual counseling, crisis intervention, family support and advocacy to young victims who have been sexually abused, exploited, trafficked, physically abused, neglected or witnessed domestic violence or violent crimes.

“Young victims of abuse and exploitation should have access to help focused specifically on them and their needs,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the staff members and volunteers of the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center for all they do to help young victims and their efforts to combat human trafficking in our state.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, recreation, energy conservation, water resource management, job training and career development.

“ADECA shares Gov. Ivey’s commitment to helping young victims overcome dangerous and abusive situations,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA’s partnership with the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center helps to give these children a better chance at recovery and protection from repeat abuse.” 

Gov. Ivey notified John Samaniego, the center’s board president, that the grant had been approved. Local matching funds of $74,835 will supplement the grant.


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