Reed: Advocacy Center to receive $378K grant

From Staff Reports
Posted 7/18/19

Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) announced Wednesday that the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has awarded a grant of $378,605 to the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center, a non-profit that serves children and adolescents who are the victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse or who have witnessed violent crimes. The Children’s Advocacy Center provides its services at no cost to victims or their families.

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Reed: Advocacy Center to receive $378K grant

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Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) announced Wednesday that the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has awarded a grant of $378,605 to the Walker County Children’s Advocacy Center, a non-profit that serves children and adolescents who are the victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse or who have witnessed violent crimes. The Children’s Advocacy Center provides its services at no cost to victims or their families.

“There is no more important work than protecting children and helping children who have been abused recover emotionally and physically,” Reed said. “The staff members at the Children’s Advocacy Center do great work, and I am thankful to have worked with District Attorney Bill Adair and other community leaders to again land this important grant, which is vital to helping the Center be successful in serving our community.”

The Walker County Community Children’s Advocacy Center has served more than 800 children since the facility opened a little over five years ago. 

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair, who is chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Advocacy Center, said the center was a huge blessing, since previous to its establishment, many families would have to drive all the way to Birmingham for counseling.

“Prior to the center opening here in Jasper, many families had no other option than to drive all the way to Birmingham to get counseling — and sometimes there would be cases where it just wasn’t financially or logistically feasible for a family to make that drive,” Adair said.

Adair also said the facility aids law enforcement in bringing the perpetrators to justice, since there are two forensic interviewers on staff who can help preserve victims’ stories for the court.

“On behalf of the CAC, the board of directors, the staff, the children who have used this center and for all future children and their families who will be benefitted by the services this grant allows, I want to thank Gov. Kay Ivey, the Department of Justice, Sen. Greg Reed and ADECA for their work in helping us secure this generous grant. This grant will be used by the CAC to provide direct services for abused children, to help them overcome the abuse that they have suffered,” Adair added.